For giving false information to operatives of the Abuja zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Justice O.A. Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Bwari, Abuja on Thursday, convicted the trio of Lawal Umar, a 45 year-old property agent; Alexander Danjuma, a 43 year-old mechanic and Theophilus Omambala, a 47 year-old engineer.
The trio was sentenced to three months imprisonment.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren said the defendants allegedly gave false whistle blowing information to operatives of the EFCC that monies were stashed in the residence of one Audu Innocent Ogbe located at Lugbe, a suburb of Abuja.
He said they had pleaded ‘not guilty’ upon arraignment.
The EFCC Spokesman further said, “But at today’s hearing the defendants changed their pleas to ‘guilty’, having entered a plea agreement with the prosecution.”
Consequently, the prosecution counsel, Aliyu Bokani Usman urged the court to convict and sentence the defendants.
However, defense counsel A.I. Na-Jirgi prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, stating that the convicts were first time offenders and had become remorseful.
Justice Musa sentenced them to three month imprisonment with the option of Fifty Thousand Naira fine each.