Justice J. K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court, Kano on Thursday convicted and sentenced the duo of Emmanuel Moyi (a.k.a Abba Musa Bello) and Victor Ishaya to 60 and 50 years imprisonment respectively on six count charges of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
The convicts journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition from victims alleging that the convicts obtained several sums of money from them under the guise that they were going to give them employment and contract.
The convicts succeeded in their fraudulent activity through phone calls with different GSM numbers and phony names. After the victims realized they had been duped after parting with huge sums of money through different bank accounts.
However, further investigation by the EFCC revealed that those accounts were specifically opened by the convicts in order to perpetrate their fraudulent activities.
The convicts were arraigned on May 16 by the EFCC. Upon arraignment, they pleaded guilty to the charge read against them.
In view of their plea, Justice Omotosho asked the prosecution to produce their witnesses.
The prosecution counsel N.K. Ukoha after closing his case with only one witness, urged the court to convict the defendants accordingly.
The matter was then adjourned till November 24 for judgment.
In his Judgment, Justice Omotosho convicted and sentenced Mr. Moyi to 10 years imprisonment with option N100,000 fine, on each of count one to six, while the second convict was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with option of N100,000 fine on each of count two to six.
The sentences are to run concurrently, meaning unless the fine is paid, each man will spend a maximum 10 years in jail.