By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Two middle aged men, Mu’azu Sani and Bashir Abubakar Gado of Unguwar Male and Unguwar Zumare in Argungu Local Government of Kebbi State have been sentenced to three and six months imprisonment respectively by the Chief Magistrate Court Argungu.
A statement by the Head, Corporate Communication of Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said the convicts were found guilty of the offences of criminal conspiracy contrary to section 97 and criminal impersonation contrary to section 132 of the Penal Code Law by the Chief Magistrate, Argungu, Usman Umar Bunza.
The statement further stated that the convicts were apprehended by officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Argungu Division while impersonating the staff of Kaduna Electric and extorting money from customers of the Company in Unguwar Male and Unguwar Zumare, all in Argungu Local Government of Kebbi State.
When they were arraigned before the court, both Mu’azu Sani and Bashar Abubakar Gado pleaded guilty to the charges after the First Information Report was read to them and the NSCDC prosecutor, Nuradeen Ka’oje pleaded with the court to try the accused persons summarily in accordance with section 157 of the criminal procedural code.
The Chief Magistrate, Usman Umar Bunza obliged with the prosecution’s application, convicted and sentenced them to three months imprisonment with an option of seven thousand naira fine each for the offence of criminal conspiracy and six months imprisonment with an option of ten thousand naira fine each for the offence of criminal impersonation.
Similarly, the court awarded the sum of sixty thousand naira compensation to Kaduna Electric or six months imprisonment against the accused persons in default of the payment of the compensation.
Commenting on the judgement, the Legal Adviser of Kaduna Electric, Barrister Abbas Ahmed applauded the judgement, calling it ”a positive development in the ongoing fight against electricity offences”.
He however called on the relevant institutions to review the penalty section of the law with the view to making it more severe and deterring.