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Fake NANS President Jailed 12 Years
A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Friday sentenced one Ebiloma Abdullahi to 12 years imprisonment for impersonation, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.
Abdullahi was arraigned in November 2009 on a seven-count charge of parading himself as a student of Federal University of Technology, Minna and posing as the National President of the National Association of Nigeria Student, NANS, an identity he used to extort money from government officials.
The convict, pretending to be the NANS leader, allegedly paid courtesy visits to the governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, and a former chairman of the Nigerian Football Association, NFA, Sani Lulu, from whom he obtained the sum of N500,000 under the pretext that the money will be used to mobilize Nigeria students to support the Super Eagles.
Justice Adeniyi found the accused guilty on counts one and seven concerning forgery and obtaining money by false pretense and consequently sentenced him to two years on count one and 10 years imprisonment on count seven without an option of fine.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
The convict was, however, discharged and acquitted on counts two to six.