Two INEC Staffs Jailed 21 Years For N362m Fraud

They were sentenced to 21 years imprisonment on three counts charge bordering on conspiracy, corruptly procure monetary benefit and receive of monetary benefit.

The Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Gombe Zonal Office secured the conviction of the duo of Ibrahim Muhammed Umar and Sahabo Iya Hamman before Justice Nathan Musa of the Adamawa state High Court, Yola.

While delivering judgement, Justice Musa said the evidence from the 15 witnesses presented by EFCC including the suspect’s testimonies proved their involvement beyond reasonable doubt.

The two officials were brought before the court by EFCC alongside Mrs Allison- Maduekwe (still at large) as the third defendant, under the Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000.

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Justice Musa noted that out of the N362 million they collected, only five percent of the amount was shared among the INEC staff and they could not account for the balance as they claim that hoodlums attacked one of them and carted away part of the money.

This however, they could not be substantiated.

Following plea by their counsel for leniency, Justice Musa said the best that could do for them was that the seven years each for the three counts they were convicted would run concurrently.

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