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Fake EFCC officer bags 3-year jail term

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday secured the conviction of one Mukhtar Bello, over impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.

Bello was made to appear before Justice M.T Tukur of Kaduna State High Court.

“The curious EFCC staff sought to know what the problem was. Mukhtar told him he was from the Abuja office of the Commission but in Kaduna on leave. Further questioning led to the discovery that he was an impostor.

“He was brought to the Kaduna Zonal Office, where another officer who had previously encountered Mukhtar at a relaxation spot in Kaduna immediately recorgnised him “as the EFCC staff from Abuja.”

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Statements of other witnesses have also reportedly been taken, affirming their encounter with Mukhtar, the EFCC fake staff.

But Investigation reportedly revealed that the suspect is known for harassing and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public by dropping the names of public agencies.

EFCC added, “Before now, he had claimed to be staff of the Federal Character Commission (between 2003 and 2007).
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges.

“Consequently, Justice Tukur convicted and sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment with option of N250,000 fine on each of the three counts.”

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