An Upper Area Court in Kasuwan Nama, Jos, on Monday sentenced a 60-year-old cashier, Yakubu Mekodo, to 15 years’ imprisonment for embezzling N9. 1 million.
The judge, Lawal Suleiman, sentenced Mekodo after he pleaded guilty to the embezzlement charge.
Suleiman, however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N150,000 or spend five years in prison for the offence.
He also ordered Mekodo to pay N8.5 million as compensation to the complainant or spend another 10 years in jail.
The judge said that the punishment would serve as deterrent to others.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Insp. Monday Dabit, told the court that the complainant, Mr Azuatalam Osigwe of Vital Foam, Jos, reported the case at the Police Area Command headquarters in Jos on Jan. 6.
Dabit said that Mekodo, in a confessional statement, said that he used part of the money to buy two cars and other personal things.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.