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Two sisters jailed for spending N1.7m donated to patient

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JUSTICE Muhammad Tukur of State High Court, Kaduna, on Tuesday, convicted two sisters, Maryam Muhammad Jallo and Rukaiya Muhammad Jallo.

  They were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for offences that border on criminal breach of trust.

  It was gathered that the siblings, who are the owners of Jamal Health Foundation, used their social media handle to solicit funds for a sick person in 2019, but later converted the money for their personal use.

  The duo were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an amended one-count charge.

  According to the EFCC, Maryam and Rukaiya Jallo, on March 30, 2019, in Kaduna, while being entrusted with N1,700,000 by Badamasi Shanono and Adio Bukar Hashia for medical treatment of Usman Umar, misappropriated the money.

  Shanono, in a petition, said Jamal Health Foundation owned by the convicts used social media to solicit  donations for Umar’s medical expenses.

  The patient had been bedridden for over two years due to partial paralyses.

  Shanon recalled that he donated N1,000,000, while another woman contributed N700,000.

  However, the sisters refused to hand over the funds to the patient but converted them to personal use.

  Their act was contrary to Section 293 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 294 of the same law.

  The defendants pleaded “guilty” in court.

  Justice Tukur convicted and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine.

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