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By Sani Wilson Enemona

High Court sitting in Sokoto state has convicted and sentenced one Abdulmajeed Habeebullah and Nana Hauwau Umar to three years imprisonment each, over an Automated Teller Machine, ATM, fraud.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Mohammed convicted the suspects on Monday, July 18, 2022 after pleading guilty to two count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy and theft, upon being arraigned by the Sokoto Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

This was contained in a statement made available to reporters in Sokoto by the EFCC’s Media unit Publicity on Tuesday 19, July 2022

Daily Star Nigeria gathered that the Count two of the charges states “that you Abdulmajeed Habeeblah, male and Umar Nana Hauwau, female, sometimes in April 2021 at Sokoto within the Sokoto Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State dishonestly took the total sum of N141,000.00 ( One Hundred and Forty One Thousand Naira only) from the GTB account number 0115282363 of one Maiyaki Hamza Usman by gaining g access to his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and email account details without his consent and thereby committed an offence of theft contrary to Section 274(1) of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under same Law.

The duo pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

The duo were found guilty of the two count charges and were convicted and sentenced them to one year imprisonment each on count one and two years imprisonment each on count two.

They were however given an option of fine of N20, 000(Twenty Thousand Naira) each on count one and N30, 000(Thirty Thousand Naira) each on count two.

The judge also ordered the convicts to fully restitute their victim the sum of N141, 000(One Hundred and Forty One Thousand Naira) stolen from his bank account.

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