Wednesday, July 9

Fake female NYSC member sentenced to 6 years imprisonment in Ondo state

A fake female member of the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] Mrs. Rabiu Umar has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.  The convict was arraigned on two count charge of impersonation and attempted fraud.

The prosecutor, Inspector Jimoh Ibrahim told the court that Mrs. Umar was arrested on Friday 4th of July at the NYSC secretariat, Igbatoro road in Akure, Ondo state while seeking redeployment to Ondo state.

Inspector Ibrahim further explained that the woman was arrested with various NYSC identity cards and fake documents as well as another Nigerian Airforce identity card.

The prosecutor said investigations conducted by the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) of the case, showed that Mrs. Umar did not attend any higher institution either within or outside Nigeria to qualify her for the NYSC programme. Inspector Ibrahim later tendered all the documents recovered from the convict to the court as exhibits.

Mrs.Umar who was docked for over an hour gave contradictory information about her state of origin when she was crossed examined by the prosecutor.

She said“I am a widow. I am from Borno state, no I am from Lagos state, I mean from Ondo State. I attended National Open University Akure and Ekiti State, College of Education, I dropped out of school when my husband died and when there was nobody to sponsor my education”.

Mrs Umar later pleaded guilty.

Magistrate Adewumi, in his ruling said Mrs. Umar was guilty as charged and sentenced to three years imprisonment for each count. The sentence is to run concurrently.

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