Nigerian lawyer jailed 4 years for money laundering

EFCC Operatives
EFCC Operatives

The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Justice Fatu Riman has convicted and sentenced one Yakubu Na-Allah, a senior lawyer to four years imprisonment without option of fine for offences of money laundering to the tune of N50 million.

The convict was arraigned by the EFCC on 14 January, 2013 on a two-count charge of money laundering.

Upon arraignment, Mr. Na-Allah pleaded not guilty and subsequently trial commenced on June 26, 2013 in which the prosecution called seven witnesses and tendered fifteen exhibits.

On February 1, 2013 the properties of the convict were attached by the EFCC following an interim forfeiture order issued by the same court.

Mr. Na-Allah’s journey to prison started when the commission received a petition that the 68-year-old Kano Lawyer, allegedly duped two of his clients to the tune of N50 million part of the money recovered for his client in a case they filed against Ministry of Solid Minerals where the convict represented them.

The petition alleged that the convict after winning the case and the sum of N90 million recovered, gave his client only N30 million and converted the rest of the money to his personal use.

However, investigation by the EFCC revealed that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire a palatial mansion in Sharada area of Kano.

In his judgment, Justice Riman ruled that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and subsequently convicted Mr. Na-Allah.

The prosecution counsel, M.S Abubakar urged the court to consider the forfeiture of properties acquired by the convict with the proceed of his crime.

Justice Riman sentenced the convict to serve two years imprisonment on each of the two count charge and also ordered that the attached property of the convict worth N50 million at the time it was purchased be forfeited to the Federal Government.

The sentences are to run concurrently, meaning he convict will only spend a maximum two years in jail.


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  • amah sossy

    Who will benefit from the forfeited property now? Is it the federal government or the complainant? Nawah for our judges? Or is it the reporter that is confusing me ? Let me read the story again because am confused about the true beneficiary of the confiscated property since the court has turned into Father Xmas allocating property to fed who did not ask for it

  • Egbuhuzor Chinomso Collins

    What will the complainant get pls?

  • otunga

    Our present constitution belongs to the gutter, it doesn’t need amendment it urgently needs to be thrown FAR away where even the world’s greatest explorer would not be able to find it, its worthless pieces of paper…Falana made a solid point at the beginning of this administration, he said if thus govt is serious about fighting corruption then the president should first seek to amend the constitution, relevant sections because with the present constitution the fight won’t get anywhere, he said at the end of four yrs no one would be in jail as most cases will outlive this govt..we’re going 2yrs no sign like anyone will go to jail, besides even if the govt secures conviction, the guys won’t spend more than 2yrs in jail by the time they’re out they become celebrities…. We have not started here in Nigeria, we have a very long way but one day THAT leader would arise and it will be brutish!