Idris Buhari, a school teacher has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment by Justice J K Omotosho of the Federal High Court Kano for allegation of travel ticket fraud. Buhari was convicted of three count charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Buhari was arrested and tried based on a case brought by Abdullahi Salisu Muhammad to EFCC. Muhammad alleged that Buhari, who paraded himself as a registered travel agent defrauded him of N500,000.00 after he paid him the said amount for Hajj ticket in April, 2012. The charge read in part:
“That you Idris Buhari sometime in April 2012 at Kano within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court with intend to defraud did obtain the sum of N500,000.00 cash from one Abdullahi Salisu Muhammad on the pretence that you are a registered travel agent licensed to provide visa and tickets for intending travellers for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1a, (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2016 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”