A former permanent secretary in the administration of former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, Yusuf Saulawa was on Friday, December 29, 2017, convicted of fraud.
Saulawa was convicted by Justice Sanusi Tukur of the Katsina State High Court on one count of obtaining by False Pretense.
Saulawa according to a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren committed fraud by collecting the sum of N2,500,000 from the complainant while he was a permanent secretary on the pretext that the Office would award the complainant a contract for the supply of fertilizer to all the Local Government areas in Katsina State.
“The convict fraudulently obtained the sum of N2,500,000 from the complainant while he was a permanent secretary attached to the office of the Deputy Governor of Katsina State on the pretext that the Office would award the complainant a contract for the supply of fertilizer to all the Local Government areas in Katsina State.
“Saulawa claimed that the money was for the purchase of bidding documents. It was further alleged that after obtaining the money, the convict cut all contacts with the complainant,” the EFCC said.
In the course of prosecution, EFCC counsel Sa’ad Hanafi Sa’ad called three witnesses and tendered many exhibits.
After both parties closed their case on the 3rd of October, 2017, final written addresses were adopted and the case was subsequently adjourned to December 29 for judgement.
In his judgement, Justice Tukur said he was convinced that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and pronounced the accused guilty as charged.
Saulawa was then sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine.