Four counterfeit currency dealers were jailed five years each on Thursday by Justice Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court Kebbi after they were convicted on a four count charge of conspiracy and possession of counterfeit currency.
The convicts, Usman Ahmed, Isiyaku Mohammed, Mohammed Abubakar Badadi and Rilwanu Abdullahi were arrested by officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at Birnin Kebbi while in possession of a sum of N583,000 in fake one thousand Naira notes.
The case was however transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for further investigation.
The accused persons pleaded guilty to the four count charge after it was read to them.
In view of the plea of the accused persons, prosecution counsel, N.K Ukoha urged the court to convict them accordingly.
Justice Amobeda convicted all the accused persons as charged
Counsel for the defendants, S.B Ka’oje had pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy given that the convicts are first time offenders with no criminal record before they were sentenced.
He added that the convicts are all family men with children and many defendants.
In his ruling, Justice Amobeda sentenced the convicts to five years imprisonment on each of the four count charge. The sentence is to run concurrently and also to begin from the day of their arrest.
One of the charges read that, “You, Usman Ahmed, Isiyaku Mohammed, Mohammed Abubakar Badadi and Rilwanu Abdullahi on or about 8th July, 2016 in Birnin Kebbi within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did conspire among yourselves to do an unlawful act to wit; being in possession of 583 pieces of 1000 Nigeria Naira Notes and thereby committed an offense contrary and punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code”.