ATM fraudster to cool feet behind bars
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Sokoto Zonal Office has secured a conviction of an ATM serial fraudster, Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi), before Justice Bello Duwale of the Sokoto State High Court.
The convict was arraigned on 23 September, 2019 on a one-count amended charge bordering on cheating and defrauding an unsuspecting victim the sum of N15, 000.00 by deceiving him at ATM pay point.
He pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge and the matter went into full trial.
Justice Duwale found Umar guilty on the one-count amended charge and consequently convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment, without an option of fine.
Umar’s journey to prison began when he was petitioned by one Abubakar Umar Lugga who alleged that on 29 March, 2019 he went to First Bank ATM, Kano Road, Sokoto to withdraw his salary where he met the convict; he had requested him to assist him to withdraw money from the ATM.
He further alleged that after the withdrawal he realised that Umar had fraudulently transferred the sum of N15, 000.00 into a different account.
The charge read: “That you Bashar Umar Abdullahi (a.k.a Abdu Abdullahi and Bashir Abdullahi) had on or about the 29th March, 2019 at Sokoto State High Court and within the jurisdiction of the Sokoto State High Court behaved with intent to defraud.
“You obtained the sum of N15, 000, 00 from one Abubakar Umar Lugga by fraudulently deceiving him and transferring the said sum from his First Bank Account to one Aminu Ahmed’s Bank Account with EcobankNo:3050002223 using his ATM card when you offered to assist him to check his balance at the First Bank Branch Gusau Road Sokoto, and you thereby committed the offence of cheating contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”