BY VICTOR BUORO – For offences bordering on criminal breach of trust and conspiracy, a Kaduna State High Court has convicted and sentenced two blood sister, Maryam Muhammad Jallo and Rukaiya Muhammad Jallo to ten years imprisonment.
Justice Muhammad Tukur of the State High Court, Kaduna sent the duo to jail after delivering judgement on an amended one count charge by the Kaduna Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A statement by Wilson Uwujaren Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC said the charge brought against the two sisters read; “that you Maryam Jallo and Rukaiya Jallo on the 30th day of March, 2019 in Kaduna within the judicial division of this Honourable Court, while being entrusted with the sum of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,700,000) only by one Alhaji Badamasi Shanono and Adio Bukar Hashia for medical treatment of one Usman Umar dishonestly misappropriated same and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 293 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 294 of the Same Law”.
Both Maryam and Rukiaya pleaded ‘guilty’ to the amended charge preferred against them by the anti-graft agency
Consequently, Justice Tukur convicted and sentenced the defendants to ten years imprisonment with an option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine.
According to the EFCC statement, “one Alhaji Badamasi Shanono had alleged in a petition that, in 2019 JAMAL HEALTH FOUNDATION owned by the convicts used its social media platform in soliciting for donations and contributions from donors for the medical expenses of one Usman Umar who had been bedridden for over two years haven suffered partial paralyses.
“Shanono claimed he donated one million to the Foundation, while seven hundred thousand was chipped in by a woman”, the statement said.
The petitioner had further alleged that regrettably, Jamal Foundation refused to hand over the funds to the patient but converted it to its personal use.