One Gabriel Chimeze, said to be a serial fraudster was on Monday, slammed a 17-year-jail term by Justice Tukur Muazu of the Kaduna State High Court on charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.
Chimeze was sentenced to ten and seven years imprisonment, on separate charges, after he was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The defendant had pleaded not guilty to a three count charge when he was first arraigned in July 2017, leading to his full trial which lasted 5 years.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Muazu found the Chimeze guilty on count one of conspiracy and acquitted him on count two and three.
The convict was sentenced to ten years imprisonment without option of fine.
The sentence takes effect from 27th July 2017 when he was arraigned.
In the other charge, the convict was convicted on the one count of obtaining money by false pretense.
Justice Muazu consequently sentenced him to seven years in prison without an option of fine.
The convict was also ordered to restitute the victim a sum of Four Hundred Thousand Naira only.