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Job scam: Court Sentence Immigration Officer To One Year Prison In Gombe

An employee of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Dabiet Gilbert, has been to one year in prison for a job scam by Gombe State High Court.

Gilbert was accused of defrauding Akoh Accoustic of N800,000 with the promise of securing a job placement with the Nigerian Correctional Services.

Gilbert’s charge read, “That you Dabiet Gilbert on or about 28th May 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N800,000.00 from Akoh Daniel Accoustic by falsely representing that the said sum was for job placement with the Nigerian Correctional Services which pretense you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Law.”

A statement on Friday by the EFCC’s spokesperson, Dele Oyewale said, ” Gilbert pleaded “guilty” to his one charge, prompting prosecution counsel, A.M Labaran to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly, though the defence counsel, Yusuf Ali pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, Haruna pleaded “guilty” only to count-two of his charges, prompting prosecution counsel M.Ugbe to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

“Justice H.H Kereng afterwards convicted and sentenced Gilbert to one-year imprisonment with an option of fine of N60,000. ”

Oyewale explained that Gilbert’s journey to prison began when his victim petitioned the EFCC after realising that he had been defrauded over a non-existent Nigerian Correctional Service job and efforts to get his money back proved abortive.

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