A judge of Gombe State High Court Justice S.Y. Abubakar has sentenced two job scammers; Mohammed Abdullahi and Safiyanu Attah to six months and one year imprisonment respectively.
The duo who were brought to court on separate charges were found guilty of employment fraud that contravened Section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.
Abdullahi was convicted on July 15, 2021
but given the option of N20, 000 fine. The Judge took cognizance of the fact that he had already restituted the victim in full.
The prosecution agency Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said convict posing as an officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service tricked his victims into paying him Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N288, 500.00), after he told them that he had been given five job slots at the Service.
It dawned on the victims that they had been scammed when they discovered that he was not an Immigration Officer and not in position to employ.
Similarly, Safiyanu Attah was arraigned on 27 July, 2021 on one count charge of cheating punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code. The defendant in collusion with one Mohammed Sani Dabo (now a convict), obtained the sum of N2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Naira) from one Abubakar Bala Ibrahim by falsely representing to him that they could get him a job at National Research and Development Agency through a Director in Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.
He pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him and was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000.00) fine.
He was further ordered to fully restitute the victim of the total sum involved in the fraud.