EFCC: Woman Jailed 90 Years for Varsity Admission Fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu Thursday convicted and sentenced a woman, Mrs Chika Charles, to 90 years in prison for a N5.6 million university admission scam.

She will spend only three years in prison, however. A statement signed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) spokesman Mr Wilson Uwujaren says the sentences will run concurrently from the date of her conviction. The jail term comprises three years on each of the 30-count charge the EFCC preferred against her.

During the trial, the court heard that the convict obtained N5.6million from three young Nigerians under the guise of helping them to secure admission into the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUTH).

Justice D. Agishir found Mrs Charles guilty of swindling them through an unregistered non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as Bold and Dynamic Gender Initiative.

Simon Chidubem and Friday Ali, both at large, were named as her accomplices, while Okudoh Obinna was one of the victims.

Chika ran out of luck in 2007 when one of her victims petitioned the EFCC over her fraudulent activities.

The EFCC also secured the conviction of a former local government chairman in Kaduna State, Mr Ibrahim Baba, for fraud on Thursday, Uwujaren said.

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