A Kaduna State car dealer, Adam Mohammed, who converted to personal use, money from a car he helped a man to sell, was on Wednesday sent to jail for seven years by Justice M.T.M Aliyu of Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna.
Mohammed’s conviction was secured by the Kaduna zonal command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. He was convicted on a one count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren said the convict allegedly converted proceeds of the sale of a Mercedes Benz C200 2005 Model car to the tune One Million Nine Hundred Thousand Naira. The vehicle, he added, was given to him for sale by the complainant who, having waited endlessly for his money, petitioned the EFCC.
The charge reads: “That you, Adam Mohammed sometime between January and February, 2021 in Kaduna within the Jurisdiction of the High Court of Kaduna State, being entrusted with property to wit: the sum of One Million Nine Hundred Thousand Naira only by one Adetunji Owoeye from the sale of his Mercedes Benz C200 Model did dishonestly misappropriated the said sum by converting same to your personal use and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 296 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable Under Section 297 of the same Law”.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Both the prosecuting counsel, Moses Arumemi, and defence counsel, Ayodeji Olabode urged the court to enter the terms of a plea bargain agreement between the parties as the judgment of the court.
Justice Aliyu consequently convicted and sentenced the defendant to 7 years imprisonment with option of fine in the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira.