Fraud: Anglican Church Reverend Gets 40-Year Jail Term
A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday has sentenced Professor Benjamin Ogunmodede to 40 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
He was a former Executive Director, Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T), Ibadan and has been standing trial for fraud amounting to 177 million Naira.
The Professor of Plant Reading was sentenced alongside Mr. Zackeus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement, chief accountant and staff of the institution during Ogunmodede’s tenure as Executive Director.
The trio were charged on 16-count-charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful conversion, and stealing of school subversion.
Justice Ayo Emmanuel, who delivered the judgement, said the 40 years each for the trio will run concurrently.
He said the accused diverted over 177 million Naira from 600 million Naira received as subversion from the federal government to pay salaries of worker and execute certain projects.
The court also ruled that during proceedings, the accused persons while being cross-examined showed clearly that they were guilty of the charges.
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He noted that the defendants had said they used part of the money to bribe members of House of Representatives and some staff of the federal ministry of finance after they facilitated release of the fund for the institution.
On the flip side, Prof. Ogunmodede is a Reverend of the Anglican Church.