Two men bagged 5 years jail term for spending fake dollars

Two men- Ali Saidu and Naru Sani – being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for allegedly being in possession of fake United States dollar bills have been convicted.

The convicts were subsequently sentenced to five years imprisonment by Justice E. S. Chukwu.

They were sentenced to five years imprisonment on each of the five counts of criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of counterfeit US dollars and forgery preferred against them by the commission.

The EFCC had said the offences were in contravention of Section 10 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offence Decree No.20 of 1984 as amended, and Section 5 (1) (b) of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provisions) Act Cap. 35, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Ali and Sani were arrested at Mararaba, Nasarawa State in 2011. At the time of their arrest, they were in possession of fake $10,000.

The convicts had initially pleaded not guilty. However, they later changed their plea and pleaded guilty to amended five counts.

Consequently, Chukwu convicted the duo and sentenced them accordingly.