Employment Scam Leads To Jail Terms For Two, Ibrahim Abdullahi & Umar Usman In Gombe

Date: 11-04-2024 1:37 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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In a decisive ruling by Justice J.A. Kereng of the Gombe State High Court on Monday, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman were sentenced to prison for defrauding individuals under the guise of securing employment, resulting in a financial deceit totaling N682,847.

The convicts faced the law on three counts of cheating and conducting an employment scam, charges levied against them by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The court heard how Abdullahi and Usman, between October 2020 and January 2021, engaged in fraudulent activities involving the ATM cards of Aminu Adamu Idris and Muhammed Saidu Jibril. Misrepresenting themselves, they claimed to have secured employment for the victims in a private company located in Gombe. Instead, they exploited the victims' ATM cards to secure a loan without the cardholders' consent, contravening Section 320 of the Penal Code Law, a crime punishable under Section 322 of the same law.

Upon their arraignment, both Abdullahi and Usman admitted to the charges brought against them. The EFCC's prosecuting counsel, A.B. Kware, subsequently requested the court to deliver a fitting sentence. In contrast, the defense counsel, R.A. Anthony, appealed for leniency, emphasizing that the accused were first-time offenders and expressed remorse for their actions.

Justice Kereng, taking into account the pleas, convicted Abdullahi to one year in prison, offering an alternative of a N50,000 fine, whereas Usman received a two-year sentence, with the same fine option.

The background of the case revealed by the EFCC highlighted a deceptive scheme where the convicts promised their victims employment opportunities in a non-existent company. They manipulated the victims into opening bank accounts and surrendering their ATM cards, under the pretext of necessary documentation for their supposed employment. The victims, upon discovering an outstanding loan taken in their names without their knowledge or consent, turned to the EFCC for justice.

This ruling serves as a stern reminder of the legal repercussions awaiting those engaged in fraudulent employment schemes and the importance of vigilance among job seekers.

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