The Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday, July 10, 2020 secured the conviction of one Moses Onah Eje before Justice Nasiru Saminu of Kano State High Court on one-count charge of criminal misappropriation of funds.
Eje’s journey to prison began when the Kano Zonal Office of the Commission received a petition from one Evelyn Bose Odudu, an estate manager, who alleged that sometimes in 2016, she discovered that some tenants owed up to two years rent arrears, in the properties she is managing in Kano metropolis, not knowing that the defendant, who was her secretary, and the estate officer of her firm, entrusted with the collection of rent from the tenants, had collected rents up to the sum of N4, 178, 000.00 (Four Million, One Hundred and Seventy-eight Thousand Naira), without remitting same into the firm’s account or that of their client.
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty. In the course of trial, prosecution counsel, Douglas I. Gift presented two witnesses against the defendant and proved her case beyond every reasonable doubt.
Justice Saminu found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to one year imprisonment with N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira fine) option of fine.
He is also to restitute the plaintiff the sum of N3, 710, 000.00 (Three Million Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira) or serve additional two years prison term.