A Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto has sentenced a director with the Sokoto State Commodity Board, Hassan Bello, to seven years imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretence to provide employment.
Delivering his judgement on Wednesday, Justice Ahmad Mahmud, also directed the convict to pay restitution of N850, 000 to the victims through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the court to be notified of the payment.
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“That failure to pay the restitution within six months, the convict shall serve two years imprisonment,” the judge ruled.
The judge, however, gave him an option of N100, 000 fine in lieu of the sentence.
The EFCC had accused the convict of collecting N1.3 million from Aliyu Adamu-Tsaki, Yusuf Abubakar, Yahaya Salihu, and others in August 2021 with a promise to secure employment with the board.
He was said to have issued them letters of provisional appointment which turned out to be fake.