Hadiza Bello and three other accomplices has been sentenced to a total of 160 years in prison for dealing in fake naira notes,by the Federal High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa state.
The convicts were dragged before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, after they were caught at a checkpoint along Girei-Yola road.
A statement from the ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the woman, Mohammed Dauda, Bello Salisu, Ali Adamu and a native doctor, Hassan Bello, were involved in a deal to exchange the sum of N5m counterfeit note for N1m real notes, adding that the native doctor could not be sentenced because of his death before conviction.
ICPC said investigation launched by its officers led them to the residence of the the native doctor at Wamdeo Uba, where he was arrested.
“A search conducted within the premises revealed more counterfeit N1000 bank notes reading the same serial number to the value of N26,000. At the conclusion of investigations, except for Bello Salisu, who was charged with abetment to commit an offence of possession of counterfeit bank notes, the other four suspects, including the native doctor counterfeiter, were arraigned on a 4-count charge of being in possession of counterfeit bank notes which is an offence contrary to Sections 5(1) (b) and 6(2) (b), and punishable under Section 5(1) (c) of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provisions) Act, cap. C35, LFN 2004,” the statement added.
In his ruling, Justice Anka found the accused persons guilty on each of the four counts and sentenced them to a 40 years imprisonment each, although the sentences will run concurrently.