Muhammad Nasir is a civil servant and works with the Ministry of Housing and Transport, Gombe State in central Nigeria.

He will spend one-year in prison for stealing pay slips belonging to his colleagues and using them as if there were his, an act considered as forgery.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on August 2, 2017 secured his conviction before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the Gombe State High Court.

He was convicted on a count charge of impersonation.

Nasir used the name of one Abdullahi Ibrahim to obtain a 121,999 Naira loan without the knowledge of the said Abdullahi and diverting the proceeds to his use.

The convict sometime in August 2011 accessed the secret files at the Ministry of Housing and Transport’s registry and obtained copies of Abdullahi’s pay slips which he used to apply for the loan from Gombe State Civil Service Union.

The charge read: “That you Muhammed Nasiru sometime in August 2011 or thereabout,  at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did obtain the sum of One Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Naira (N121, 999.00) as loan in the name and on behalf of one Abdullahi Ibrahim with the pretence that the said loan was applied for by him.

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In false pretense, Nasir converted the said sum to his personal use.

It is an offence contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria and Punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.

When the charge was read to him, the convict pleaded guilty.

Consequently, the prosecution counsel Zarami Muhammad urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

Justice Jauro therefore convicted and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment with the option of 30,000 Naira fine.