Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Abuja school’s PTA chairman jailed 14 years for forgery

Mohammed Atabo, the chairman of Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of a private school in Abuja, has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for forgery.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Atabo, 45, who is the PTA chairman of Esteem International School, Garki, Abuja with forging the signature of Mariya Sirajo, treasurer of the association.

The anti-graft agency in a 15-count charge filed in 2016 told the FCT High Court in Maitama that the convict forged the signature of Sirajo several times in 2014 on a First Bank local fund transfer with form No. 0790487.

Delivering judgment on Monday, Justice Yusuf Halilu, held that the prosecution led credible evidence which has been proved beyond reasonable doubt.

He also held that the court relied on Exhibit T2, which was the confessional statement of the convict to the EFCC where he clearly admitted forging the signature of Sirajo.

He further considered exhibit C, which was the payment plan voluntarily written by the convict to the proprietor of Esteem International School, Garki.

The judge thereafter sentenced the convict to two years imprisonment for count one and 14 years each for count two to 15.

He held that the sentences should run concurrently and that the convict should serve his terms in Suleja custodial centre in Niger State.