CEO sentenced to seven years imprisonment over N33m fraud

Kabiru Haruna, the Chief Executive Officer, Orion Business Connected limited, has been convicted and sentenced before Justice H. Mu’azu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja.

This was brought to the Court by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Nigeria’s anti-graft agency.

And was disclosed on Tuesday, 10 October, in a statement posted on the official X handle of the EFCC.

According to the report, the con was first arraigned on 14th December, 2021, by the EFCC on eight-count charges.

Which bordered on obtaining thirty-three million, seven hundred and five thousand naira, by false pretense.

Kabiru defrauded one Clement Anuwa and Dr. Oby Joyce with pretense of securing three plots of land for them at Plot 527 Cadastral Zone B00, Kukwauba District, Abuja. But he neither returned their money to them nor delivered their landed property.

Dr. Oby and Clement had reported to EFCC, narrating how the convict defrauded them.

The report read, “You, Alhaji Kabiru Haruna, being the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orio Business Connect Limited.

“And you, Orio Business Connect Limited, on or about the 6th day of May 2017 in Abuja within the jurisdiction.

“Of this Honorable court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of six million, nine hundred thousand naira.”

“From Mr and Mrs Clement Anunwa as part payment for three plots of land at plot 527 Cadastral Zone B00.

“Kukwauba District, Abuja which land you represented to them was allotted by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory.

“Which presentation you knew is false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences ACT 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”

Justice Mu’azu found Kabiru guilty in his judgment, convicted him, and sentenced him seven years of imprisonment.

Also, the court ordered Haruna and Orio Business Connect Limited to jointly pay the sum of thirty-three million seven hundred and five thousand naira to the nominal complainant, being the revenue of the crime.