Abubakar Auwal and his friend, Kasim Salisu, had in May approached one Abubakar Rabiu, declaring their interest to buy his new motorcycle.

The unregistered Okada was valued at 150,000 Naira, but their intention was different.

Rabiu, who did not suspect any foul play handed the motorcycle to them for testing before payment, but that was the last he saw of the motorcycle.

After the incident, Rabiu reported the case to police in Kano. Auwal was arrested while Salisu escaped.

The case was subsequently forwarded to a Kano Magistrates’ Court and on Thursday Auwal, 34, was found guilty of cheating and was handed a 20-month jail term.

The Chief Magistrate, Ibrahim Khaleel, however gave the convict an option of 35,000 Naira fine and ordered the convict to pay 250,000 Naira as compensation to the nominal complainant.

Auwal, who resides at Hotoro Quarters Kano, was convicted on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and cheating.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against him.