Two jailed for ATM fraud

A Minna Magistrate’s court on Wednesday sentenced two 22-year-old men, Usman Ibrahim and Francis Michael, to six months imprisonment each or a N2,000 fine for involvement in Automated Teller Machine Fraud.

The court said that in addition to the fine, the convicts would receive 10 strokes of the cane for attempting to defraud Ms. Amina Mohammed by using her ATM card.

The prosector, Mr. Tanimu Bako, had told the court that Ibrahim and Michael, both living on Abdul Street, Minna, were arrested while trying to carry out the act at the premises of UBA on Minna – Paiko Road, Minna.

Bako said that a policeman, Ahmed Haruna attached to the bank accosted the two men at the bank and arrested them, while they were trying to use the woman’s ATM card to withdraw money.

He said that Mohammed, living in Chanchaga area of Minna, had reported the loss of the card to the bank.

He said that by their action, the two committed an offence of criminal misappropriation contrary to sections 95 and 308 of the Penal Code.

Both men pleaded guilty to the offence.

The Magistrate, Hajia Amina Musa, declared Ibrahim and Michael guilty and sentenced them to six months in jail each or N2, 000 fine with 10 strokes of cane.

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