SIDI DAUDA BAGE, JSC (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division delivered on 8th December, 2016, wherein the Lower Court affirmed the conviction of the Appellant and reviewed the sentence from six months imprisonment to seven years imprisonment for committing offences provided for under Section 8(a) of the Offences of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same law.
SUMMARY OF FACTS
Based on a charge dated 8th August, 2014, the Appellant herein (the 2nd Accused person at the trial Court) and one Alhaji Mohammed Arzika Dakingari (as the 1st Accused person at the trial Court). Both of them were arraigned before the High Court of Kebbi State sitting in Birnin Kebbi on a 20 counts charge for offences relating to fraud, contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Fee and Other Fraud Related Offences Act.
On May 20, 2016, the trial Court found the Appellant guilty o…