Justice Muhammad Saidu Sifawa of a Sokoto State High Court Friday, 25th March 2022, sentenced one Labaran Aliyu to five years imprisonment on one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence to the tune of over Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) only.
The convict had falsely represented himself as a marabout with powers to double money through the use of spiritual powers, duping unsuspecting members of the public.
The charge reads ” That you Labaran Aliyu, adult, male, sometime in January 2021 at Sokoto within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State with intent to defraud represented yourself to one Shafi’u Muhammad as possessing the power and capable of doubling money through the medium of invocation of juju and invisible entity and in that capacity obtained the sum of Five Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira (N510,000.00) only from him, which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 2 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences 2006, and punishable under Section 2 (c) of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.
Given his plea, prosecution counsel S.H. Sa’ad prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Sifawa convicted and sentenced the defendant to 5 years imprisonment with an option of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) only fine. The Judge also directed that the defendant pay full restitution to the victim.
The court further ordered the destruction of all the fetish items recovered during investigations.