5th August, 2010
A Minna Magistrate court on Wednesday sentenced two 22-year-old Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraudsters, Usman Ibrahim and Francis Michael, to six months imprisonment each or N2,000 fine.
The court said that in addition to the fine, the convicts would receive 10 strokes of the cane for attempting to defraud one Amina Mohammed using her ATM card.
Insp. Tanimu Bako, the Prosecutor, had told the court that Ibrahim and Michael, both living on Abdul Street, Minna, were arrested while trying to carry out the act at the premises of UBA on Minna-Paiko Road, Minna.
Bako said that one Insp. Ahmed Haruna attached to the bank accosted the two at the bank and arrested them, while they were trying to use their victim’s ATM card to withdraw money.
He said that Mohammed, living in Chanchaga area of Minna, had reported the loss of the card to the bank.
He said that by their action, the two committed an offence of criminal misappropriation contrary to sections 95 and 308 of the penal code law.
Both men pleaded guilty to the offence.
The Magistrate, Hajia Amina Musa, declaredÂ Ibrahim and Michael guilty and sentenced them to six months in jail each or N2, 000 fine with 10 strokes of cane.