The long arms of the law has caught up with a serving Deputy Director of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) Alh. Ahmad Balarabe, as he has been sent to jail for 14 years for defrauding job seeking Nigerians.
Balarabe was jailed by a State High Court 3 sitting in Gusau, Zamfara State for defrauding his victims of N7million.
The director had earlier been arraigned before Hon. Justice Bello Shinkafi, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
His arraignment started in September 2018 on a two-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretense, an allegation to which he pleaded not guilty, thereby setting the tone for the long trial.
Prosecutor for the ICPC, Mashkur Salisu, had told the court how Balarabe, while serving as the Coordinator, Sokoto and Zamfara States for FCC in 2017, collected N7million from some job seekers with the promise to get them employment with the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State.
He explained to the court that the said action of the convict contravened Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
In his judgement, Justice Shinkafi said that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt and that the action of the convict was “despicable and unbecoming of a public servant”.
Following this, he sentenced Balarabe to 14 years imprisonment with an option of fine of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira).
The judge also ordered the convict to pay back N7million to the victims of the crime, in line with Section 11 of the Advance Fee Fraud Act and Section 321 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.