Justice Nasiru Saminu of the Kano State High Court on Friday, July 24, 2020, sentenced an ex-banker, Shehu Mohammed Aliyu to three years imprisonment for fraud.
A former employee of Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr Aliyu was prosecuted by the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
He was arraigned on January 30, 2020 alongside his wife, on a six-count charge of money laundering and obtaining money by false pretence, to which they both pleaded not guilty.
The charges were, however, amended to three-counts in the course of the trial, to which the convict pleaded guilty while his wife’s name was removed from the charge sheet after subsequent investigations revealed that she was not involved in the crime.
Following his guilty plea, prosecution counsel, Zarami Mohammed urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Saminu convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment on each of the three counts or pay a fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) on each of the three counts. The prison terms are to run concurrently.
The prosecution was able to prove that while in the employ of Guaranty Trust Bank PLC, Mr Aliyu created an account in the name of a fictitious person purporting the same to be a staffer of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH, Kano State, by presenting forged employment particulars of the hospital and fraudulently obtaining a loan through through the non-existent account holder.
He deposited the loan sum into a joint account held with his wife, but subsequently withdrew the money without his wife’s knowledge.