The Convict, Ismail Nuhu
Bizman Bags One Year Imprisonment For N2.7m Fraud
A businessman, Ismail Nuhu has been convicted and sentenced to one year imprisoned for issuance of dud cheque, by Kano State High Court.
The businessman was given the jail term by Justice Aisha Mahmoud, after pleaded guilty to all five count charges of issuance of dud cheques made against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kano Zone.
The convict, according to the EFCC, obtained fertilizer worth N8.7 million from a petitioner and issued him four Diamond Bank cheques, which were returned unpaid, due to lack of funds in the account.
However, while investigation was ongoing, the convict paid the sum of N6 million and refused to pay the remaining sum of N2. 7 million.
Upon arraignment on March 15, 2018, the convict pleaded not guilty and the matter subsequently proceeded to full trial, during which three witnesses testified for the prosecution.
However, when the matter came up on Friday, the convict pleaded guilty to all the five count charges.
In view of his new plea, prosecution counsel Musa Isah urged the court to convict him accordingly.
Justice Mahmoud convicted the defendant according to his plea. In his judgment, the judge said: “The accused person is hereby convicted to the charge he pleaded guilty to”.
However, before the judge pronounce the sentence, the convict’s counsel, Modube Speine pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy.
Consequently, the convict was sentenced to one (1) year imprisonment. He was however given an option of N400,000.00 fine.
One of the charges against the convict read “that you Ismail Nuhu on or about 5th day September 2017 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the Kano State High Court knowingly and fraudulently issued cheque number 34385478 dated 5th September 2017 for the sum of N3,900,000 (Three Million Nine Hundred Thousand Naira Only) payable to Continental Fertilizer Limited from your Diamond Bank account with account number 0092377270 knowing there was no sufficient funds standing in the credit of the said account and the cheque was returned unpaid when it was presented for payment thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1)(b) and punishable under section 1 (1)(b)(I) of the Dishonored Cheques Offences Act Cap D11 LPN, 2004″.
Meanwhile, the convict, Nuhu is standing trial in another matter, which has since been concluded and awaiting judgment before Justice Yusuf Ubale of the Kano State High Court.