Job scam: Court jails NIS officer in Gombe

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A Gombe State High Court has sentenced an employee of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Dabiet Gilbert, to one year in prison for a job scam.

Gilbert was accused of defrauding Akoh Accoustic of N800,000 with the promise of securing a job placement with the Nigerian Correctional Services.

Gilbert’s charge reads, “That you Dabiet Gilbert on or about 28th May 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N800,000.00 from Akoh Daniel Accoustic by falsely representing that the said sum was for job placement with the Nigerian Correctional Services which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 320 and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Law.”

Upon arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, he pleaded guilty to the one charge of fraud preferred against him.

A statement on Friday by the EFCC’s spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, said, “Gilbert pleaded ‘guilty’ to his one charge, prompting the prosecution counsel, A. M. Labaran to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

“The defense counsel, Yusuf Ali pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, Haruna pleaded ‘guilty’ only to count two of his charges, prompting prosecution counsel M. Ugbe to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

“Justice H. H. Kereng afterward convicted and sentenced Gilbert to one-year imprisonment with an option of fine of N60,000.”

Oyewale added that Gilbert’s journey to prison began when his victim petitioned the EFCC after realising that he had been defrauded over a non-existent NCS job and efforts to get his money back proved abortive.

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