Justice Malami Umar Dogondaji of the Sokoto State High Court has convicted and sentenced Abubakar Aliyu Dogo and Abubakar Saddik Ahmad to 11 years imprisonment for criminal breach of trust and theft.
The duo was convicted on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, after pleading guilty to separate one-count bordering on criminal breach of trust and theft upon their arraignment by the Sokoto Zonal Command of the EFCC.
The charge against Dogo reads “That you Abubakar Aliyu Dogo sometime in April 2021 in Sokoto within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice Sokoto State, hint on the discharge of that trust and you thereby committed an offence of Criminal Breach of Trust contrary to Section 300 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019 and punishable under Section 301 of the same law.”
Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said upon entering a guilty plea, Justice Dogondaji convicted and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment with an option of a fine of N200,000.00).
The charge against Ahmad reads: “That you Abubakar Saddik Ahmad on the 26th of September 2021 in Sokoto within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice Sokoto State, dishonestly took the total sum of N392,000.00 (Three Hundred and Ninety Two Thousand Naira) from the wallet account of one Haruna Abubakar domiciled in Union Bank of Nigeria Plc No: 0163041097 without his consent, moved the said sum into your Opay account with the names of Basiru Bala and Salisu Suleiman respectively, thereafter you withdrew same for your personal use and you thereby committed the offence of Theft contrary to Section 274 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 275 of the same law.”
Ahmad pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his guilty plea, prosecution counsel: Habila Jonathan prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Dogondaji convicted and sentenced Ahmad to four years imprisonment with an option of fine of N200,000.00.
The convicts got themselves into the Correctional Centre when they were arrested by operatives of the Sokoto Zonal Command of the EFCC, for sundry offences. While Dogo dishonestly misappropriated the sum of NN3 million entrusted to him by a petitioner, in violation of a contract, Ahmad dishonestly took a sum of N392,000.00 from the wallet account of one Haruna Abubakar domiciled in Union Bank of Nigeria, without his consent.