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Man sentenced to 7 years imprisonment over Visa scam

Idris Buhari

The EFCC today secured the conviction of Idris Buhari pictured above, a resident of durimin iya quarters kano, who was arraigned before Justice J K Omotosho of Federal High Court 3 Kano, on one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

Idris was arrested by EFCC operatives following a complaint brought against him by Abdullahi Salisu Muhammad of popular kwari market, Kano, alleging that he gave the convict, who is a school teacher the sum of #500,000.00 for the processing of Hajj ticket in April, 2012. He said the convict  told him that he is a registered travelling agent, but to his greatest surprise, was unable to provide the said Hajj ticket and diverted the funds to his personal use. All effort to recover the money from him or get the ticket as agreed proved abortive, as the convict claimed that the monies were lost to armed robbers.

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In the Judgement, Justice Omotosho convicted and sentenced the convict to seven years imprisonment. He however gave an option of #200,000.00 as fine, being that he restituted the victim the sum of #500,000.00 which is the amount involved

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