The Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Friday March 9, 2018, secured the conviction of Idris Abdullahi and Andrew Olije at the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The duo pleaded guilty to ten counts of obtaining the sum of N2. 9 million by false pretence. They allegedly obtained the sum from unsuspecting citizens under the guise that they (Idris and Andrew) were staff of SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) in California USA, and were going to recruit them into the said company.
In view of their guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel N. K. Ukoha prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.
Justice Riman immediately convicted them on all counts and sentence them to a fine of N155, 000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Naira only).
The conviction which followed a plea bargain agreement, came after a full restitution of the complainants by the convicts, in line with the provisions of Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
One of the charges reads:
That you Idris Abdullahi and Andrew Olije sometime in 2017 at Uyo within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N153, 000.00 from one Glory Nkan Akpan under false pretence that you are staff of SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) based in California, USA and that she would be recruited into the SAB which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.
Media and Publicity
10 March, 2018