Justice Farouq Lawal of the Kano State High Court has convicted and one Daniel Okpara to three years imprisonment for impersonating the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.
The convict allegedly opened a Facebook account, presenting himself as the Lamorde and began to solicit and collect money from job seekers under the pretext of offering them employment at the commission.
EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren who disclosed this in a statement, said, “Daniel was arraigned on May 27, 2014, and he pleaded guilty to the 3-count charge of impersonation and obtaining by false pretence preferred against him by the EFCC.”
The statement said the defence counsel, Bello Dahiru had pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy, stressing that the convict is a first time offender and had been remorseful since his arrest.
He also prayed the court to take into account the fact that the convict did not waste the time of the court and that he is a promising young man with a pregnant wife.
Justice Lawal consequently sentenced the convict to one year imprisonment on counts two and three with no option of a fine, while the convict is to serve one year imprisonment and pay a fine of N50,000 on count one. All sentences are to run concurrently.