Court Jails Man For False Asset Declaration, Obtaining Money By False Pretence

One Haruna Adamu, convicted over non-disclosure of assets and liabilities, has bagged a one year jail term.

Adamu’s conviction was secured by the Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Gombe State High Court.

The court was presided over by Justice Fatima Musa.

According to a statement issued by spokesman of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, Haruna was arrested sometime in 2019,  following claims by a petitioner alleging that he offered him a piece of land situated at Daki Biyu area of Abuja.

The worth of the land was put at N12million.

The petitioner said he paid a sum of N7.3m only to purchase the land but could not gain possession because  the original allottee of the land appeared and took ownership of the land. All efforts to get Haruna return the money collected from the petitioner proved abortive. 

Oyewale said “In the course of investigation, the convict was served an Asset Declaration Form to establish his banking history and other details, but he failed to disclose a bank account  where he had a huge amount of money. He was consequently arraigned before the court. He pleaded  guilty to the charge raised against him.” 

In view of his plea,  prosecution counsel, S. E. Okemini, urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.  

Justice Musa convicted and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment without an option of fine. 

“Meanwhile,  Haruna is still facing trial for obtaining the sum of N7.3m by false  pretence.”

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