Kano High Court Convicts Man Over Job Scam

The Kano State High Court has sentenced one Ado Abubakar Sarkin Fulani to seven years imprisonment for obtaining by pretense.

Ado Abubakar SarkinHe lured one Ibrahim Balanti to make payment into his account to enlist into the Nigeria Customs Service.

Ado claimed to have ACG Ahmad Jibrin as a Customs Officer friend who had been given slots to fill at the Service.

When the complainant showed interest, Ado asked him to pay the sum of N530, 000 (Five Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira Only). The complainant subsequently paid the sum of N330, 000 (Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira Only) in the hope of securing the appointment.

When the job offer was not forthcoming, he realized that he had been duped and demanded a refund to no avail.

The charges read; “you Ado Abubakar S Fulani sometimes in January 2021 at Kano within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N330,000.00(Three Hundred and Thirty Thousand Naira Only) from Muhammad Balanti Adam, which money you caused to be paid into your First City Monument Bank account number 6491929010 under the pretense that you will secure an offer of appointment for him with the Nigeria Customs Service contrary to section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.

Given his guilty plea, prosecution counsel Salihu Sani asked the court to convict him accordingly.

Justice Maaji convicted and sentenced the convict to (7) Seven years imprisonment without the option of a fine.

The convict was also ordered to restitute the sum of N330, 000 (Three and Thirty Thousand Naira Only) to the nominal complainant.

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