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Late Customs CG’s lawyer sent to 7 years in prison for N1.1bn fraud

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced a legal practitioner, Umar Hussaini, to seven years imprisonment with an option of fine.

Hussaini was a private lawyer to the late Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, who died in February 2021 while facing prosecution.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) charged Dikko, Hussaini, and Garba Makarfi, ex-Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs.

On Wednesday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu found Hussaini guilty of the two-count charge preferred against him in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/74/2020.

The convict, who has four wives with children and aging parents, begged the court to temper justice with mercy.

His lawyer, Naziru Umar prayed that the sentencing of the owner of Capital Law be with an option of fine.

ICPC lawyer, Olubunmi Ikupolati, however, urged the court to convict Hussaini with restitution of the funds stolen.

But Umar opposed, saying such would amount to double jeopardy since his client is facing a civil matter before the FCT High Court.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Ojukwu ordered a seven years jail term on each count with an option of N50 million fine on each of the two counts.

Ojukwu also ordered Hussaini to pay N100 million as compensation to the victims of the crime, Yemi Obadeyi and Cambial Limited.

The convict will remain in prison pending the fulfillment of the terms of fine.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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