Man Bags One Year for N15, 000 ATM Transfer Fraud

Justice Bello Duwale of the Sokoto State High Court, Sokoto, has sentenced a fraudster, Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) to one year in jail without option of fine for stealing N15, 000 from his victim via a fraudulent transfer at an ATM gallery.

The convict specialized on scamming unsuspecting Automated Teller Machine, (ATM) users who run into difficult transactions at ATM galleries.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal Office arraigned the convict on September 23, 2019, on amended one-count charge, bordering on cheating and defrauding an unsuspecting victim to the tune of N15, 000.00 at ATM gallery.

The charge reads: “That you Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a  Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) on or about the 29th March 2019 at  Sokoto State High Court, within the jurisdiction of the Sokoto State High Court with intend to defraud, did obtain the sum of 15,000,00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) from one Abubakar Umar Lugga by fraudulently deceiving him and transferred the said sum from his First Bank Account to one Aminu Ahmed’s Bank Account with Eco Bank No:3050002223 using his ATM card when you offered to assist him to check his balance at First Bank Branch, Gusau Road Sokoto, and you thereby committed the offence of cheating, contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and Punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”

The convict pleaded not guilty to the charge leading to his trial. On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Justice Duwale found him guilty of the charge and consequently convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment without an option of fine.



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