A Kano State High Court on Tuesday sentenced one Aliyu Zakari to two years imprisonment on a two-count charge bordering on issuance of dud cheque brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC arrested the convict, who is chief executive of AZH Enterprises Ltd, following a petition alleging that he refused to pay part of the value of premium motor spirit and automotive gas oil sold to him by the petitioner.
In a bid to settle his debt, the convict allegedly issued cheques to the petitioner, which bounced as there was insufficient funds in his account.
According to the statement signed by the EFCC head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, count one of the charges reads: “That you AZH Enterprises Ltd and Aliyu Zakari on or about June 30, 2010 in Kano did issue a First Bank Plc cheque No: 42199661 in the sum of N9 million to one Alhaji Magaji Ubale which when presented sometimes in July, 2010, was dishonoured on the ground that no sufficient funds in the account upon which the cheque was drawn”.
When the charge was read to the accused person, he pleaded guilty and, consequently, the prosecution counsel A.T. Habib urged the court to convict him.
In view of his plea, the trial judge, Justice Yusuf Ubale convicted and sentenced Mr. Zakari to two years imprisonment without an option of fine.
However, the Judge imposed a fine of N10,000 only against the company.