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Man sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for extortion

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29-year-old man, Stephen Yahaya, has on Friday, been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on the grounds of intimidation and extortion.

The Niger State indigene was arraigned on a two-count charge of extortion and criminal intimidation before Justice Abubakar Sadiq at a Karmo Grade I Area Court in the FCT.

The prosecutor, Mrs Florence Auhioboh,  disclosed in court that the complainant, one Saliu Augustine of Kado, Abuja, had reported the issue at Life Camp Police Station on Sept 24.

On July 18 at around 4.00 p.m., Yahaya placed a phone call through to the Augustine and threatened that he was going to contract someone to kill him (Augustine), Auhioboh said.

The prosecutor added that the accused sent his account number to the Augustine mandating him to pay some money into the account in order to safeguard his life.

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Auhioboh said when the threat became intense, Augustine was forced to transfer N30, 000 into an Ecobank account sent by Yahaya.

Naija News gathered that the accused confessed to commiting the offence during police investigation.

The offence violated Sections 397 and 292 of the Penal Code, the prosecutor stated.

The judge, while pronouncing judgement on the case, advised the convict to desist from committing crimes, and sentenced Yahaya to 12 months imprisonment.

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_