Man jailed three years for impersonating Gombe senator

A fraudster, Ibrahim Jumare, has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for impersonating a senator from Gombe State, Danjuma Goje.

The presiding judge of the Gombe State High Court, Justice Abubakar Jauro, handed down the verdict on Thursday after finding Jumare guilty of impersonating Goje to dupe a jobseeker.

Trouble started for the convict when his victim, one Sani Muhammad, petitioned the Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The commission, after investigating the matter, charged the convict for impersonation contrary to Section 321 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 324 of the same law.

Jumare pleaded guilty to the one count when he appeared in court and following his guilty plea, the judge sentenced him to three years in prison, but gave him an option of paying N40,000 fine.

The convict was arrested by the EFCC based on a petition by Muhammad, who alleged that a phone number purportedly belonging to Goje was given to him to call in order to secure employment.

According to Muhammad, when he called the number, the fraudster mimicked Goje’s voice and directed him to contact one Ahmed, whom he was told works with the Department of Petroleum Resources.

When he called Ahmed, he was asked to pay some money, which he did, and was promised a job. Attempts to get an employment letter or a refund of his deposit proved futile, prompting him to petition the EFCC.

Upon Jumare’s arrest, the two SIM cards purportedly belonging to Goje and Ahmed were found on him.

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