The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) has secured the conviction of Abba Yahaya Kawu, a chartered accountant, on one-count of forgery.
Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State Excessive Courtroom presided over the case, sentencing him to 10 years in imprisonment.
Kawu designed and bought cast certificates of the Particular Management Unit in opposition to Cash Laundering (SCUML) to unsuspecting members of the general public who desired the doc, a statutory requirement for opening financial institution accounts for Designated Non-financial Establishments and Companies.
Earlier than he was nabbed, he had issued over 500 such faux certificates for which he earned over N10, 000 apiece.
The cost reads, “that you, Abba Yahaya Kawu sometime in 2020 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently forged documents titled ” Particular Management Unit in opposition to Cash Laundering” (SCUML) Certificates, which you introduced to unsuspecting victims and used the identical to open numerous Company accounts at JAIZ Financial institution Plc and also you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 344 of the Penal Code Legislation of Kaduna State, 2017 and punishable beneath Part 345 of the identical Legislation”.
When requested, the defendant pleaded responsible to the cost. Then the prosecuting counsel, J. Musa urged the courtroom to convict him accordingly.
Justice Darius convicted and sentenced Kawu to 10years imprisonment with an possibility of N 100,000 Naira advantageous.
The convict additionally forfeits the sum of N 469,000 to the Federal Authorities.