Court Jails Mama Boko Haram, Two Others for N40m Fraud

Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri, on Monday, February 12, 2024, convicted and sentenced the trio of Aisha  Alkali Wakil (a.k.a Mama Boko Haram) Tahiru Saidu Daura and Prince  Lawal Soyade to ten years imprisonment.

The defendants were jailed upon being arraigned by the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 5, 2020 on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy  and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N40,000,000.00 (Forty  Million Naira) only.

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Count two of the charge reads: “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.”

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The defendants pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them.

Counsel for the prosecution counsel, A.I Arogha presented four witnesses and tendered seventeen exhibits before the court.

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Consequently, Justice Fadawu convicted and sentenced them to ten years imprisonment for the offence of conspiracy. The court further sentenced the defendants to ten years imprisonment for  the offence of obtaining by false pretence 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 said.

The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when a petitioner alleged that they swindled him through a purported contract for the supply of five (5) X-ray Machines 1900 with Solar Energy to a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, Complete Care and Aid Foundation, worth N40m. They neither supplied the machines nor returned the  contract sum to the petitioner.

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Joshua Okoria

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