18th May, 2022
Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri, has convicted and sentenced one Tope Jimi Fagun to two years imprisonment for duping one Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, the sum of N70m.
Fagun had claimed that he will use the money to promote the activities of APC during the Edo State’s 2020 Gubernatorial election.
But the convict failed to use the money for the intended purpose.
He was arrested and arraigned by the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC based on petition by Alhaji Dalori that Fagun swindled of the N70 million which he claimed he wanted to use to promote the activities of APC in the last Edo gubernatorial election.
The one count amended charge against Fagun read: “That you, Tope Jimi Fagun sometimes between July and August, 2020 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, dishonestly induced one Alhaji Ali BUkar Dalori to cause the gross sum of Seventy Million Naira (N70, 000,000.00) only (both in Naira and Dollar currencies) to be delivered to you in cash and via Bank transfers into Access Bank account number 0693630685 and First Bank account number 3053942408 under the guise that the said sum was to be utilised in promoting the APC Party Campaign activities in the Edo State 2020 Gubernatorial Election and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 (a) and Punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”
Fagun was first arraigned on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 and pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge but changed his plea to guilty on Monday, thereby paving way for his conviction.
Based on his plea, prosecution counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed prayed the court to convict him as charged and ask him to return the funds fraudulently obtained from the victim.
Justice Kumaliya thereafter convicted and sentenced Fagun o two years imprisonment, with an option of fine of N300, 000).
She further ordered Fagun to pay his victim a balance of N6.5 million and spend six years in jail in default of payment.