The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, 6 April, 2017 secured the conviction and sentences of one Sabo Abdullahi before Justice M. G. Umar of the Federal High Court, Gombe on two count charge prefered against him.
Sabo, a former retainership billing officer, under the finance department of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe was arrested by the EFCC operatives of the Gombe Zonal office following a petition by his employee.
He was alleged to have used his position to defraud some individuals retainership clients including the Gombe State Government House, various Banks, Federal and State Government Agencies which they used to receive the hospital services on credit and to settle the bills via payment.
Sometimes in 2012, the convict received the sum of N18,208,866.50 on behalf of his employee from Gombe state Government House meant for settlement of the medical bills, but only remitted N9,475,100.00 to the hospital and converted the remaining balance of N8,729,766.50 to his personal benefit.
He was arraigned on 24 October, 2016 and pleaded not guilty. Following his plea, the prosecution counsel Israiel Akande opened his case and the trial commence by calling witnesses and tendering alot of documents as exhibit.
However, in the cause of trial, the convict opted to change his plea today from not guilty to guilty having being overwhelmed by evidences front loaded by the prosecution.
Following his plea of guilty, Justice Umar convicted and sentenced him to two years imprisonment on count one as well as three years imprisonment on count two both with out an option of fine but to serve concurrently.