Court Jails Mama Boko Haram, Co-defendants For N66m Fraud
Borno State High Court, on Friday, sentenced Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, and her co-defendants to seven years jail terms each.
Justice Aisha Kumaliya jailed Mama Boko Haram, alongside Tahiru Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyede, after finding them guilty of a three-count-charge of conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N66m.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Maiduguri Zonal Command, secured the conviction and sentencing of the convicts.
The anti-graft agency in a statement on Friday said the convicts on September 7, 2018, while serving as promoter and managers of a non-governmental organization, Complete Care and Aids Foundation, induced one Ali Tijjani, and his company, AMTMAT Global Ventures to supply N51million worth of processed maize grain also known as “biski” for which they refused to pay.
According to the EFCC, AMTMAT Global Ventures further processed and funded the trip of the trio to Morocco to the tune of N15 million, a cost they refused to defray.
Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Kumaliya said the prosecution proved the charges against Mama Boko Haram and her co-defendants and pronounced them guilty as charged.
The Judge sentenced Mama Boko Haram, Daura and Shoyede to seven years imprisonment for the offence of conspiracy without option of fine and seven years on the count of cheating also without option of fine.
On the second count of cheating, the court sentenced the convicts to seven years imprisonment each without an option of fine.
In addition, the court ordered Mama Boko Haram and the other defendants to pay the sum of N51m to Ali Tijjani or in default serve fifteen years imprisonment.
In addition, the first, second and third defendants are to each pay the sum of N3, 750,000.00 (Three Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) to Ali Tijjani or in default serve five years imprisonment each.
“The sentence is to start running at the expiration of any sentence that this court or any other court had awarded the convicted persons before this judgment,” the statement read.