A Kaduna state polytechnic student has been jailed for five years for fraud.
Babuwa Christopher, a student of Quantity Survey was convicted and sentenced by Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna on Wednesday, October 21.
The defendant was convicted after he pleaded guilty to an amended one-count criminal charge.
The charge reads,” that you Babuwa Christopher of No. 3 Maha Close, Barnawa, Kaduna sometime in July, 2020 in Kaduna within the judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to commit an offence, had in your possession documents containing false pretence to wit; Union Bank Visa Card bearing Maduka M.O, Union Bank Visa Card with name Peter, Union Bank Visa Card of Jatau Richard, United Bank of Africa( UBA) debit card bearing the name ThankGod and Diamond Bank Master Card with unidentifiable name and you thereby committed an offence of attempt to commit cheating contrary to Section 57 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under section 307 of the same Law”
In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Y.J.Matiyak to prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly. But defence counsel, Abdulsalam Nurudeen, counsel asked the Court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant is a first time offender.
Justice Tukur, then convicted and sentenced Christopher to five years imprisonment with an option of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) fine.According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the convict was arrested at a lodge in Barnawa, Kaduna based on intelligence on his involvement in cybercrime.
The officials said fraudulent documents including Debit cards of several tier-one banks in Nigeria, bearing different names were recovered from him during his arrest.