A former staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Hussaini Abubakar has been sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty of stealing exhibit
Abubakar was charged by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on stealing an exhibit identified as a phone.
One of the charges against him reads;
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“That you, Hussaina Abubakar, in 2017 at Port Harcourt in the Port Harcourt Judicial Division did fraudulently steal an exhibit from the Forensic Section of EFCC, an exhibit which you knew was recovered in the course of investigation to wit: One Lenevo S60-A (daul sim) with serial number: HBOGOHAQ with IME slot number: 1-866059026043140, worth N18,000, belonging to one Chuku Nelson Nyegam and thereby committed an offence.”
Defense Counsel, M.M Suleiman implored the court to temper justice with mercy after the convict pleaded guilty to the charges against him. His apology was on the basis of Abubakar being a first time offender with no previous criminal record, a married man, a father of a 15-months-old baby and a bread winner for his family.
Abubakar was eventually sentenced to one year imprisonment by Justice S.C Amadi of the Rivers State High Court with N150,000 option of fine.