By Musa Ubandawaki (Sokoto State Correspondent)
Justice M. S. Sifawa of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto on Monday, September 28, 2020 convicted and sentenced the trio of Chima Nweke (a.k.a Dr. Idris Musa), Ubaka Kanayo David and Glory Arohia (a.k.a Ijeoma Ogbuagu) to prison for fraud.
The convicts were prosecuted by the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count separate charge of cheating and conspiracy to which they pleaded guilty.
Following their plea, prosecuting counsels, comprising S. H. Sa'ad, Musa Mela Gwani and Habila Jonathan asked the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while defence counsel, A. M. Lukman, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his clients have become remorseful.
Justice Sifawa convicted and sentenced Nweke (a.k.a Dr. Idris Musa) to 10 years imprisonment with N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira)option of fine. He is also to restitute the sum of N3,500,000.00 (Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand) to his victim through the Asset Forfeiture Directorate of the EFCC and the FBI liaison at USA Consulate, Lagos. Nweke also forfeited his Hyundai SUV Xi 35 model to the federal government.
David was handed one year imprisonment with N25,000.00 option of fine and forfeited N350,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand) to the Sokoto State government, while Arohia (a.k.a Ijeoma Ogbuagu) bagged 10 years imprisonment with N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) option of fine.
The convict is also to restitute the sum N626,031.00 to the victim. NNL.