The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Gombe Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of Prince Musa, who impersonated Senator Bulus Amos, representing Gombe South Senatorial District.
DAILY POST also learned that the convict used the senators’ name to defraud several prominent persons by soliciting for various sums of money.
He was arraigned before Justice J.A. Awak of the Gombe State High Court on a four-count charge bordering on cheating following his arrest in Jos, Plateau State.
EFCC acting spokesman, Tony Orilade disclosed this in a statement to newsmen in Abuja.
Also, Orilade explained, “The Senator had petitioned the EFCC alleging that an impostor was using his name to swindle innocent citizens, including a professor who was swindled of N250,000.
“Investigation revealed that his mode of operation included using different phone numbers to hide his true identity.
“He also opened several bank accounts including, Anna Lokoja, 3022948354, First Bank; Eunice Patrick, 0022651193, Access/Diamond Bank; Daniel Bankole, 6021917949, Keystone Bank, and Ofobuike George, 6170371615, Fidelity Bank.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Prince Charles Haruna Musa, sometime in October 2019, at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly induced one Professor Alhassan Mohammed Gani to deliver to you the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000.00) by falsely pretending to be Senator Bulus K. Amos, which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of the said Code.”
But the convict reportedly pleaded guilty given the weight of evidence garnered against him by the EFCC which were attached to the charge sheet.
Counsel for the EFCC, G.I. Ndeh, therefore, urged the Court to convict him, accordingly.
Defense counsel, Babangida Mohammed raised no objection but rather pleaded with the Court to temper justice with mercy.
Delivering judgment, Justice Awak convicted and fined him N20,000
after considering the allocations made by the defense on each count.
He also ordered the convict to pay N510,000 as restitution to his victims within three months from the date of the ruling, failure of which, he ordered that he would serve five years in prison.
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