A 29-year-old man, Khalil Ahmed Bappa, has been sentenced to 24 months imprisonment by Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court, Gombe State, for fraudulently extorting goods and money worth N267, 000 from a female student of Bayero University, Kano, Yusra Ali Babakusa, with assurances of making her a Glo Ambassador.
Bappa presented himself as a GLO agent to Babakusa sometime in 2012, promising to assist her become a GLO Ambassador through his contacts at the Communication company.
He then forwarded a code number to Babakusa with assurances that she would soon be called up as one of the eventual winners and ambassador and in turn asked her to send some money to him to facilitate the process.
Sometime later, the accused person further told her to prepare for an interview trip to GLO head office in Lagos as her name had been selected and that GLO had paid for both a return flight ticket and accommodation.
However, on the expected day of the journey, Bappa prompted her to wait for him, but stopped answering her calls after a while and eventually switched off his phone. It was when she made numerous attempts to reach him but failed, that she realized she had been conned.
Justice Umar sentenced the convict to 12 months imprisonment without an option of fine on each of the counts. The sentence would, however, run concurrently from the date of arrest.
The court also ordered the convict to restitute his victim before the completion of his jail term and release from prison detention.