EFCC arrests Immigration officer over N800k job scam

EFCC arrests Immigration officer over N800k job scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured significant victories in its fight against fraud and corruption in Nigeria, with two high-profile cases resulting in convictions and sentencing.

In the first case, Dabiet Onyemi Gilbert, an immigration officer, was sentenced to one year in prison by Justice H.H. Kereng of the Gombe State High Court for obtaining N800,000 from a job seeker under false pretenses. The EFCC received a petition from the victim and conducted a thorough investigation, leading to Gilbert’s prosecution and conviction.

In a separate case, Saleh Haruna was sentenced to five years in prison by Justice Muazu Abubakar of the Bauchi State High Court for conspiracy and forgery. Haruna had posed as a land seller and conspired with Mohammed Mustapha Sallah to defraud a victim of N950,000.

The EFCC has hailed these convictions as a major milestone in its efforts to combat fraud and corruption in Nigeria. The anti-graft agency has also arraigned Sallah, Haruna’s alleged accomplice, on three counts of conspiracy, forgery, and intent to defraud. His case has been adjourned until July 8, 2024, for further hearing.

The EFCC remains committed to its mission of ridding Nigeria of corrupt practices and protecting the country’s economy from fraudulent activities. These convictions serve as a reminder of the consequences of fraudulent behavior and demonstrate the agency’s determination to bring perpetrators to justice.

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