Aliu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri, today convicted and sentenced one Ahmed Idris Alamin to one-year imprisonment with an option of 150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) fine for extortion.
He was first arraigned on a six-count charge that borders on forgery and obtaining money by false pretence of N6,000,000.00 (Six Million Naira) on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Alamin pleaded not guilty, prompting the commencement of the trial.
At the resumed hearing today October 14, 2020, the prosecuting counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed prayed the court for leave to substitute the earlier charge with an amended one-count charge.
The defendant pleaded “guilty” to the amended charge when it was read to him.
Ali Ahmed prayed the court to convict him accordingly but defence counsel, D. T Umara pleaded for leniency on the ground that the defendant had paid the nominal complainant the money involved in the racket.
Justice Kumaliya thereafter convicted him as charged and sentenced him to one year in prison.
Alamin’s prosecution was triggered by petitions from two complainants alleging that the defendant fraudulently received cash sums of N5m and N1m respectively from them as part payments for three plots of land.
It was further revealed that the defendant handed to the complainants an Application for Grant of Right of Occupancy for the lands in question purportedly evidencing his title to the said lands.
It emerged that the Right of Occupancy was forged as it did not emanate from the Ministry of Lands and Survey, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Investigation also shows that the land had since been allocated to some other persons with valid Certificate of Occupancy.