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Court sentences spiritualist to 10 years for possession of counterfeit currency

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday secured the conviction of Abubakar Ishaq (a.k.a Mai-Rakuma) who is a renowned spiritualist in Kano.

Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Kano had sentenced the spiritualist to 10 years imprisonment, following his involvement on a two count charge of possession of counterfeit currency.

The convict was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on each of counts one and two which borders on possession of counterfeit currency.

Mai-Rakumi’s journey to prison started when the Commission received him from officers of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for being in possession of 176 pieces of Fake United States Dollars during a raid on his apartment.

Upon his reception by the Commission, Mai-Rakumi made statement under caution and was later granted administrative bail.

Subsequently, Mai-Rakumi was arraigned by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Kano where he pleaded guilty to count 1 and 2. Prior to his plea, prosecuting lawyer, Samuel Chime, applied to withdraw count 3 and 4 of the charge.

In view of the guilty plea entered by the convict, Justice Allagoa adjourned the matter till Thursday for judgement during which he convicted him.

Lawyer to the convict, Mohammed Aliyu, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing his client. He prayed the court to give his client an option of fine instead of prison term.

But in his verdict, Justice Allagoa ignored the prayer and sentenced Mai-Rakumi to five years imprisonment on each of count one and two.

The sentences are to run concurrently while the judge also ordered that the counterfeit currency should be destroyed.

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