Court jails director for defrauding Gusau varsity job seekers of N7m

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A serving Deputy Director of the Federal Character Commission, Ahmad Balarabe has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by the State High Court 3 sitting in Gusau, Zamfara State , for defrauding job seekers of N 7million.

Balarabe had earlier been dragged before Justice Bello Shinkafi by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The convict who was first arraigned in September 2018 had pleaded not guilty to two counts of obtaining by pretence.

The ICPC prosecutor, Mashkur Salisu, had told the court that Balarabe, while serving as the Coordinator, Sokoto and Zamfara States for FCC in 2017, collected N 7m from some job seekers with the promise to get them employment with the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State.

The court was also informed that the said action of the convict was in contravention of section 1 ( 1) ( a ) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act , 2006 and punishable under section 1( 3 ) of the same Act .

While delivering the judgment , Justice Shinkafi said that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt and that the action of the convict was “despicable and unbecoming of a public servant”.

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According to a statement on Tuesday by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, titled, ‘ ICPC secures conviction of Deputy Director over N 7m fraud,’ the court , however , gave the convict an option of N .5 m fine.

It stated, “The judge sentenced Ahmad Balarabe to 14 years imprisonment with an option of fine of N500 , 000. The judge also ruled that the convict should pay back N 7m to the victims of the crime in line with section 11 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act and section 321 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.”

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