Dud Cheque Sends Businessman To 7-Year Jail
A 64-year-old man, Alhassan Umar, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for issuing a dud cheque to his business associate.
An FCT High Court, Jabi, on Friday passed the judgment on the Managing Director of WAHDA Globalised Business Ltd after he was found guilty of a three-count charge bordering on cheating and intentionally deceiving his business associate, late Luke Udom.
The convict had been arraigned before the judge by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sometimes in May 2015.
The prosecution counsel, Mrs Aishatu Ibrahim, told the court during the hearing stages that the convict, sometimes in April 2012, had a business transaction with the deceased, the owner of Lubonex Investment Ltd.
Ibrahim alleged that the convict had ordered on credit from the deceased, 370 bags of 50kg rice.
The prosecutor said the complainant on the directive of the convict, paid in N300,000 into the account of one Hassan Baba-Umar, for the purchase of additional 30 bags to complete the 400 bags needed
The prosecutor said that the convict however, gave the complainant a post-dated cheque of N4 million to be cashed in two months.
Ibrahim said that when the complainant approached the bank for his money, it was discovered that there was no sufficient money in the convict’s account.
He said several attempts made by the complainant to recover his money from the convict months after the transaction proved abortive.
He added that the convict could only make N700, 000 payment with a balance of N3.3 million.
The prosecutor told the court that the complainant later reported the matter at the EFCC.
Ibrahim said that it was on the process of recovering his money that the complainant died and prayed the court to do justice to the matter.
Justice Yusuf Halilu in his judgment, said that the prosecutor, Mr Okon-Efut Rugbere (SAN), had proved his case beyond all reasonable doubts.
Halilu sentenced the convict to two years’ imprisonment without an option of fine for the offence of issuing dud cheque.
He sentenced the convict to additional three years for the offence of cheating including, N100, 000 fine.
The judge further sentenced the convict to two years imprisonment, but with an option of N100, 000 fine for the offence of deliberate deceit.
Halilu held that in line with the provision of Section 319 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, the convict should refund N3.3 million to the family of his late business associate.
According to the judge, the convict is to pay N3.3 million to the court’s registrar for onward transmission to the family of the deceased.