Justice J. K. Dagat of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano, Kano State, has on Tuesday, 21st July 2020 convicted Saad Ahmed Madaki to ten years imprisonment for defrauding a retired Kano State Treasurer (Financial Secretary) of a whopping ₦200million being money he fraudulently obtained from the former treasurer for Kano, Auwalu Abdulkadir. Madaki had initially been suspected of being a link and sponsor to terrorists. But he was handed over to the EFCC when no proof of him being linked to the terrorists, was found. However, Madaki was handed over to the EFCC thereafter, and the Commission appropriately probed into his bank account and it was discovered that he had defrauded Auwalu Abdulkadir. As a result, he was arraigned before the court in April 2017 where he pleaded not guilty.
Madaki was duly arraigned by the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a one-count charge of obtaining money under false pretense.
The EFCC said that “Troubles came for the convict when he was arrested by the Kano State Joint Task Force, on an allegation that he was connected to terrorism. He was handed over to the Department of State Security Service but was later transferred to the EFCC when he could not be linked to terrorism in any way. However, further investigations showed that he defrauded and obtained the sum of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000.00) fraudulently from one Auwalu Abdulkadir, a retired Kano State Treasurer.
Upon arraignment on April 4, 2017, he pleaded not guilty to the charge against him which prompted the trial.
Prosecution Counsel, Douglas I. Gift, presented five witnesses and seven exhibits to the court to establish Madaki’s guilt.
Justice Dagat found him guilty as charged. He convicted and sentenced him to ten years imprisonment.
The Judge also ordered him to pay a sum of Two Hundred Million Naira he fraudulently obtained from the petitioner as restitution to the lawful owner.