12th September, 2022
By Ugochi Ugochukwu
A Dei-Dei Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja on Monday, sentenced a 27-year-old lotto manager, Giwa Sani, to 6 months imprisonment for defrauding his employer of N120,000.
Sani, who lives in Oduduwa Street phase 11, Kubwa, Abuja, pleaded guilty to criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The judge, Sulyman Ola, however, gave him an option of N20,000 fine.
Ola also ordered the convict to pay N120,000 as compensation to the complainant or serve two months imprisonment in lieu of the compensation.
The judge warned him to desist from committing crime after serving their punishment.
Sani had earlier begged the court for leniency.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr John Okpa, had told the court the complainant, Akudo Iwu of Tama Street Kubwa Abuja, reported the matter at the Kubwa Police Station.
Okpa said that sometimes in March the complainant employed Sani and entrusted him with her Lotto shop to manage and remit money.
He told the court that the convict could not remit the N120,000, realised from the lotto game to the complainant as he converted the money to his personal use.
The prosecutor added that during police investigation, the convict made a confessional statement and all efforts made to recover the said money failed.
Okpa said the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)