Sisters bag 10 Years imprisonment for diverting medical funds donated by Nigerians



A Kaduna High Court, on Tuesday, November 24,2020, convicted and sentenced the duo of Maryam Muhammad Jallo and Rukaiya Muhammad Jallo, to ten years imprisonment for offences that border on criminal breach of trust.


The pair who are blood sisters, were prosecuted on an amended one count charge by the Kaduna Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

One Alhaji Badamasi Shanono, alleged in a petition that, in 2019 JAMAL HEALTH FOUNDATION owned by the convicts used its social media platform in soliciting for donations and contributions from donors for the medical expenses of one Usman Umar who had been bedridden for over two years haven suffered partial paralyses. Shanono claimed he donated one million to the foundation, while seven hundred thousand was chipped in by Adio Bukar Hashia.

He further alleged that Jamal Foundation refused to hand over the funds to the patient but converted it to personal use. The charge was read to the suspects and they pleaded guilty. Consequently, Justice Mohammed Tukur convicted and sentenced them to ten years imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine.

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