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Auditor-General bags 7 years in prison for defrauding job seekers of N14million

A Sokoto State High court has sentenced Abdullahi Paiko Aliyu, a staff of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, to 7 years imprisonment.

Justice Mohammed Mohammed sentenced Mr Paiko on Tuesday after finding him guilty of a two-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretenses of over N14 million.

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He was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Following his arraignment, he pleaded guilty to the charges proffered against him.

According to EFCC, the convict had defrauded unsuspecting members of the public under the guise of securing them employment in federal agencies.

Some of the agencies he promised to help the victims secure jobs include: the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) National Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Delivering judgement on the matter, Justice Mohammed sentenced Mr Paiko to 7 years in prison.

He ordered Mr Paiko to make full restitution of the said amount of N14, 300, 000 to victims of the crime through the EFCC.

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