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A’Ibom YPP guber candidate jailed 42 years for corruption

By Ayoyinka Jegede, Uyo
02 December 2022   |   3:07 am
Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and presided over by Justice Agatha Okeke has sentenced the governorship candidate of Young Peoples Party (YPP) Bassey Albert to 42 years in jail for corruption.

Bassey Albert Akpan

Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and presided over by Justice Agatha Okeke has sentenced the governorship candidate of Young Peoples Party (YPP) Bassey Albert to 42 years in jail for corruption. 

Albert, who was prosecuted by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, was whisked away from the court premises to Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre, where he would serve his prison terms  

Albert, a serving senator representing Akwa Ibom North East District, was accused of receiving bribes of 12 cars worth N254 million from an oil marketer, Olajidee Omokore, during his (Albert’s) tenure (2010 – 2014) as Commissioner for Finance in Akwa Ibom State.

The convicted senator was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party in the state, before he defected months ago to YPP, where he secured the party’s ticket for the 2023 governorship election.

Delivering judgment on the matter, yesterday, Justice Okeke recalled that Albert was a Commissioner for Finance in the state when the crime was committed.

“That you, Albert Bassey, whilst being the Commissioner for Finance, Akwa Ibom State and Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee (IMDLCC), sometime in December 2012, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, indirectly took possession of a vehicle (Infinity QX 56 BP) valued at N45, 000, 000.00 at the instance of one Olajide Jones Omokore, whose companies had contracts with Akwa Ibom State Government at that material time, when you reasonably ought to have known that the said vehicle formed part of proceed of unlawful activity (to wit: corruption) and you, thereby, committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act,” she said.