Minna – A Magistrates’ Court in Minna on Wednesday sentenced one Ahmed Suleiman to 5 years imprisonment over a employment scam and impersonation.
The convict had been docked alongside Augustine Chima last week Wednesday on a five-count charge of conspiracy, impersonation, breach of trust, cheating and misappropriation.
The offences contravened Sections 97, 179, 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code respectively.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Husseini Paiko, had told the court that 10 persons lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of Police in Niger against Suleiman on July 6.
Paiko said that the complainants were contacted by the first accused who introduced himself as an officer in the Federal Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
He said that Suleiman collected N659,000 from the complainants on the pretext of securing jobs for them in the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Fire Service.
Paiko said that the complainants could not reach Suleiman for update on the job placement after they paid the money to him.
According to him, during police investigation, Suleiman was arrested and he confessed to collecting the amount and remitting same to Chima who also claimed to work at the Defence Headquarters.
When the charge was read to the accused persons, Suleiman pleaded guilty while Chima denied the allegation.
The prosecutor prayed the court to try the first accused person summarily in line with Section 157 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
He also objected to bail for Chima and prayed for an adjournment to enable the police complete it’s investigation.
In her ruling, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs Fatima Auna, sentenced Suleiman to 12 months in prison for each charge, to run consecutively, with an option of fine of N10,000 for each offence.
Auna ordered Suleiman to also pay back the N659,000 he collected from the complainants.
She also ordered Chima to be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to August 2 for further mention.