EFCC: Currency Counterfeiter Ismaila Muhammed Jailed 12 Years

Ismaila Muhammed was today sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi and presided by Justice Mohammed Garba Umar.

Ismaila had on March 6, 2014 pleaded guilty to all 4-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and currency counterfeiting when he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

One of the charge alleged that the convict conspired “with one Aminu Bauchi, now at large, to utter 59 pieces of counterfeit United States of American  Dollar bills in $100 denomination and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 6 (2) (b) and 5(1) of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provisions) Act Cap.C35 respectively”.

Based on the guilt plea by the accused, the court convicted him accordingly but reserved sentencing for today.

Before sentencing the convict, Justice Umar alluded to the prayers of the defence lawyer, A. I. Kafarati who pleaded passionately on behalf of the convict for leniency, being a first time offender and a family man with large responsibilities.

The judge therefore sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment on each of the four count charge. The sentences are to run concurrently with effect from the date of arrest of the convict, which is January 2014.

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