Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
Justice Fatu Riman of a Federal High Court in Kano has convicted and sentenced one Yakubu Na-Allah, a senior lawyer to four years imprisonment without an option of fine for offences of money laundering to the tune of N50m.
The convict was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 14, 2013 on two counts of money laundering.
Upon arraignment, Na-Allah pleaded not guilty and subsequently trial commenced on June 26, 2013 in which the prosecution called seven witnesses and tendered 15 exhibits.
The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Na-Allah’s journey to prison started when the commission received a petition that the 68-year-old Kano lawyer, allegedly duped two of his clients to the tune of N50m as part of the money recovered for his client in a case they filed against the Ministry of Solid Minerals where the convict represented them.
The petition alleged that the convict, after winning the case and the sum of N90m, gave his client only N30m and converted the rest of the money to his personal use.
However, investigation by the EFCC revealed that the convict used part of the proceeds to acquire a palatial mansion in the Sharada area of Kano.
In his judgment, Justice Riman ruled that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and subsequently convicted Na-Allah.