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Fraud: Senior lawyer bags seven years jail

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Fraud: Senior lawyer bags seven years jail

Justice Haruna Yusuf Mshelia of the State High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday sentenced a senior lawyer, Ahmed Mai-aji, to seven years imprisonment for criminal breach of trust and cheating to the tune of N3 million. Mai-aji was arraigned and prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Maiduguri Zonal office. The convict, the Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, said in a statement, was entrusted with a land document for the purpose of intervening in a land dispute between the complainant and another party. Orilade said the convict dishonestly disposes of that plot in violation of the trust the complainant had for the accused.

He said: “Mai-aji was re-arraigned as a result of an application brought by his counsel, S. M. Konto, seeking an order declining jurisdiction to hear and determine the charge on the grounds of bias or likelihood of bias by Justice Fadawu Umar.” In his ruling on 16th May 2017, Justice Umar said, “the issue of bias arises as a result of judicial rulings delivered by this court on the grounds of the application brought by the defence counsel for lack of jurisdiction by the EFCC to initiate any criminal matter before this court and the refusal of bail. “The Registrar of the court should return the case file to the Chief Judge of the state and I hereby decline jurisdiction not to hear the case. The accused be further remanded in the prison custody”.

On June 13, 2017, Mai-aji was rearraigned by the EFCC before Justice Mshelia. Prosecution counsel, Khalid Sanusi, in proving the case, tendered seven different exhibits and five witnesses testified against the convict. In his judgement, Mshelia said: “The court hereby found you guilty of the offences of criminal breach of trust and cheating.”

Mai-aji was sentenced to five years in prison without an option of fine on count one. “The convict was, however, found not guilty and therefore discharged and acquitted on count two. On count three, the court found him guilty and convicted him to two years in prison without an option of fine. The sentences are to run concurrently,” Orilade said.

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