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N66m fraud: Mama Boko Haram, 2 others bag 7 years in jail

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of Aisha Wakil, a.k.a Mama Boko Haram, alongside Tahiru Daura and Lawal Shoyede, to seven years imprisonment.

According to a report posted on the EFCC website, the convicts were on September 7, 2018 arraigned on a three count charge of conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N66m.

The defendants as promoter and managers of a Non-governmental organization, Complete Care and Aids Foundation induced one Ali Tijjani, and his company, AMTMAT Global Ventures to supply N51million worth of processed maize grain also known as “biski” for which they refused to pay.

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AMTMAT Global Ventures further processed and funded the trip of the trio to Morocco to the tune of N15 Million, a cost they refused to defray.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Tahiru Saidu Daura, while being a programme manager of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, and Aisha Wakil, being the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation on the 7th September, 2018, in Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly induced Ali Tijjani, the CEO and alter ego of AMTMAT Global Ventures to deliver to you, processed maize grains (biski), valued at N51,000,000.00 (Fifty-one Million Naira) which you are yet to pay and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”

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The defendants had pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges, leading to their full trail.

In the course of trial the prosecution counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed, presented five witnesses and tendered several exhibits before closing the prosecution’s case on September 1, 2020.

Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Kumaliya said the prosecution proved the charge against the defendants and pronounced them guilty as charged.

The judge sentenced Messrs Wakil, Daura and Shoyede to seven years imprisonment for the offence of conspiracy without option of fine and seven years on the count of cheating also without option of fine.

On the second count of cheating the court sentenced the convicts to seven years imprisonment each without an option of fine.

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The court ordered the defendants to pay the sum of N51m to Ali Tijjani or in default serve fifteen years imprisonment.

In addition, the first, second and third defendants are to each pay the sum of N3,750,000.00 to Mr Tijjani or in default serve five years imprisonment each.

The sentence is to start running at the expiration of any sentence that this court or any other court had awarded the convicted persons before this judgment.

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