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Both defendants pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge. Prosecution counsel, Habila Jonathan prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly. But defence counsel, A. M. Lukman urged the court to temper justice with mercy as both defendants are first time offenders.
One of the charge reads, "That you Badamasi Hamisu sometime in February 2021 in Sokoto within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice Sokoto, was dishonestly in possession of ten (10) pieces of counterfeit currency out of which you went about purchasing goods...
The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today March 3, 2021 secured the conviction of Badamasi Hamisu and Isah Aliyu before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the Sokoto State High Court on one count each bordering on cheating.
The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge. Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, S. H. Sa'ad asked the court to convict and sentence him accordingly. Justice Malami Dogondaji thereafter convicted and sentenced Aliyu to 7 years in prison, with the option of N250,000 fine.
Relying on a sworn a counter- affidavit by one Ufoma Ezira, a staff of the Commission, she told the Court that the defendant could evade trial given the weight of the evidence and the gravity of the offence, which attracts jail term of five years without an option of fine.