Courts jail EFCC accuser, Kogi ex-lawmaker 157 years
The Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja has jailed George Uboh three years for defrauding the defunct Police Equipment Fund (PEF).
It would be recalled that Uboh was also the man that accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its immediate past chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde of allegedly diverting N1 trillion proceeds of recovered assets.
Also yesterday, a Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, sentenced a former member of the state House of Assembly, Gabriel Daudu, to 154 years in prison for his connection with a N1.4 billion fraud.
Justice S. E. Aladetoyinbo convicted Uboh for converting for his personal use property belonging to PEF.
Uboh, who was arraigned by the arraigned by anti-graft agency on a three-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust had abuse his office as the Fund’s Head of Security and Communication
According to a statement by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, the convict had claimed that the erstwhile National Coordinator of PEF, Kenny Martins, gave him some of the organisation’s vehicles to offset the debt owned him by the Fund, but admitted not having an evidence of transfer of ownership during cross-examination.
According to Uwujaren, Uboh’s conviction yesterday, showed him as a “certified fraudster” having previously been convicted of wire fraud in the United States.
He was, however, given an option of N 4 million fine.
But Justice Inyang Ekwo while convicting Daudu on 77 counts, held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt, and therefore sentenced him to two years on each of the 77 counts to run concurrently.
Before the conviction, prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shittu, tendered various exhibits before the court and fielded 13 witnesses to prove the case.