A Kaduna High Court on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 sentenced two blood sisters, Maryam and Rukaiya Muhammad Jallo to ten (10) years imprisonment for converting the sum of N17million solicited by their foundation for a bed ridden man to their personal use.
Justice Muhammad Tukur of the State High Court, Kaduna convicted and sentenced the sisters for breach of trust. They were however, given the option of a fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100, 000) each.
Maryam and Rukaiya were prosecuted on an amended one count charge by the Kaduna Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The charge read, “that you Maryam Jallo and Rukaiya Jallo on the 30th day of March, 2019 in Kaduna within the judicial division of this Honorable Court, while being entrusted with the sum of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand Naira ( N1,700,000) only by one Alhaji Badamasi Shanono and Adio Bukar Hashia for medical treatment of one Usman Umar dishonestly misappropriated same and you thereby committed an offence 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 to the amended charge preferred against them.
A petition from one Alhaji Shanono Badamasi had alleged that, in 2019 Jamal Health Foundation owned by the convicted sisters used its social media platform in soliciting for donations and contributions for the medical expenses of one Usman Umar who had been bedridden for over two years having suffered partial paralyses.
Badamasi claimed he donated one million to the sisters’ foundation, while seven hundred thousand was chipped in by an undisclosed woman.
He further alleged in the petition that Jamal Foundation refused to hand over the funds to the patient but converted it to personal use.
According to EFFC, investigation revealed that Gbadamosi was right and so the blood sisters were arraigned for converting money meant for a sick patient’s treatment for their personal use and justice has been served.