Aisha Alkali Wakil, commonly known as Mama Boko Haram, along with Tahiru Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Soyade, have been found guilty of a N40 million fraud and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
The conviction was delivered by Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court in Maiduguri, following their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on charges of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretenses.
According to Dele Oyewale, the spokesperson for the EFCC, the trio, who held positions as CEO, Programme Manager, and Country Director of the non-governmental organization Complete Care and Aid Foundation, were accused of colluding with Saidu Mukhtar (who is currently at large) to defraud Bashir Abubakar, the CEO of Duty-Free Shop Ltd. They obtained N40 million from him by falsely claiming to have a contract for the supply of five x-ray machines with solar energy.
The defendants initially pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them. However, the prosecution, led by A.I. Arogha, presented four witnesses and submitted 17 exhibits during the trial.
Justice Fadawu ultimately convicted Wakil, Daura, and Soyade, sentencing them to 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy and 10 years imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretenses. The court also ordered them to jointly and severally reimburse Bashir Muhammad with the sum of N40 million. The prison terms were declared to run concurrently.
The EFCC spokesperson, Oyewale, emphasized that the fraudsters failed to fulfill the contract or return the funds to the petitioner, leading to their arrest and subsequent conviction.