Nigerian man jailed for counterfeiting naira Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on April 1, 2019, secured the conviction of one Rabiu Mohammed Umar for offences bordering on currency counterfeiting.

Justice S.M. Shuaibu of a Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna before whom he was arraigned, found him guilty of the eight-count charge preferred against him by the EFCC.

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Umar’s Journey to prison started when he was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in possession of counterfeit currency notes of N1,000 and N500 denominations. He was subsequently handed over to the EFCC for investigation and prosecution.

He had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when he was first arraigned on December 14, 2019, thus paving the way for his trial to commence.

Prosecuting counsel, Musa Isah, called four witnesses and tendered several exhibits.

In delivering judgement, Justice Shuaibu held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt and sentenced him to 15 months in prison on each of the counts. The sentences are, however, to run concurrently.

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Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade, a Nigerian journalist, is Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, Nigeria. This is an official statement from him. The headline might have been slightly modified.

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