Nigerian, Ex- UN worker jailed two years for robbery
Abdullahi Shuaibu while working with the UN (NY Post)
A Court in Manhattan on Thursday sentenced Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, who worked at the UN in 2013, to two years in prison for series of lunch time robberies while working with the UN
He was arrested in April last year.
Shuaibu was nabbed outside the US Mission to the United Nations, where he’s been working out of the building’s Foreign Press Centre as a State Department-credentialed reporter for the PanAfrican News Agency
It was a stunning defeat for the prosecutor who had asked that Shuaibu be sentenced to five years under the indictment.
Shuaibu pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree; one count of Robbery in the Third Degree, a non-violent offense; and two counts of Grand Larceny, also non-violence offense.
Grand larceny, also known as a grand theft, is the intentional taking of someone’s property or business under illegal conditions.
Shuaibu received two years for the one count of Attempted Robbery in the ‘Second Degree’ and one year for the Robbery in the ‘This Degree’ and one year for the ‘Grand Larceny’ to run concurrently with the two years sentence.
Therefore, Shuiabu is expected to be released from jail in about six months, having been arrested on April 18, 2017, for a string of bank robberies in New York.
He was initially charged with robbery in the first degree, where he was facing 15 years in jail, according to his lawyer, Mr. Olayinka Dan Salami.
However, the prosecutor was unable to sustain that charge before the grand jury, explained his other lawyer, Mr. Tim Pruitt, who represented him at arraignment.
During the plea negotiation with the court, the court had offered Shuaibu one year prison term, but the judge changed her mind after the prosecutor submitted to the court a letter purportedly written by Shuaibu to obtain an office in New York.
The defense attorneys had contested the accuracy of the letter and informed the court that the prosecution produced the letter because they were still upset that they were unable to get Shuaibu on a more serious charge
However, the court refused to re-offer its original offer of one year.
Rather than pleading to just one count under the indictment, the prosecutor also insisted that Shuiabu must plead guilty to all the four counts under the indictment.
At that point, his lawyers suggested to him to re-consider his position to plead guilty and go to trial, but Shuaibu was very tired of staying in prison without knowing what going on trial would hold.
DanSalami said he would have preferred a sentence of probation or one year at the most, even though the plea was a good plea in the realm of things.
After the sentencing, Pruitt advised Shuaibu of his right to appeal and one of his paralegals met with Shuiabu to go over the appeal process
Shuaibu confessed following his arrest, admitting he spent all the stolen money paying bills.
He was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery and was awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Shuaibu is a Nigerian national with a valid work visa but no diplomatic immunity, sources said.
A UN spokesman said that Shuaibu worked for the organization during October and November 2013 but no longer had credentials to enter the building.
Shuaibu’s wife formerly worked for the Nigerian Mission to the UN and split from her hubby, said Kassimu Mohammed, the mission’s protocol officer.
Landlord Inosthene Delimon said Shuaibu and his wife began renting a $2,000-a month, three-bedroom town-house apartment from him about eight years ago.
Delimon described the family as “good people who always paid their rent on time.”
“I never had any problems with them,” Delimon added.
Additional agency report