In a new development getting to RantHQ desk, Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri, had on Monday, February 12, convicted and sentenced Aisha Alkali Wakil popularly called, Mama Boko Haram, Tahiru Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Soyade to 10 years imprisonment.
According to the spokesman of the, Dele Oyewale, said the defendants were jailed by the Maiduguri Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in 2020 on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense to the tune of N40m.
Count two of the charge says;
“That you Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade whilst being the Chief Executive Officer, Programme Manager, and Country Director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, (a Non-Governmental Organisation) and Saidu Mukhtar (At large) sometime in Maiduguri, Borno State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Forty Million Naira (N40, 000, 000.00) from one Bashir Abubakar, the Chief Executive Officer of Duty Free Shop Ltd under the false pretence of executing a purported contract for the supply of Five (5) X-ray Machines 1900 with Solar Energy which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (1) 1 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
However, when the charges were read out, the defendants pleaded “not guilty”.
A.I Arogha who is the counsel for the prosecution, presented four witnesses and tendered seventeen exhibits before the court.
Justice Fadawu however, convicted and sentenced them to ten years imprisonment for the offense of conspiracy.
The defendants, were also sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the offense of obtaining by false pretense and ordered them to jointly and severally pay the sum of N40m to Bashir Muhammad.
“The prison term shall run concurrently on the expiration of all prison terms imposed on the convicts by any court”, the Judge added.