Man Gets 7-Year Jail Term For N2.5m Fertiliser Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is still in the fight against corruption.
It has secured the sentencing of a former Permanent Secretary in Katsina State under the administration of Ibrahim Shema.
The convict, Yusuf Saulawa, was handed seven years in prison without option of fine.
According to the anti-graft agency, Saulawa obtained 2.5 million Naira by false pretense in a fraudulent fertiliser supply deal.
The EFCC had in January 2017 arraigned Saulawa, before Justice Sanusi Tukur of the Katsina High Court on one count charge of obtaining by false pretense contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
The accused person allegedly obtained the sum while he was attached to the office of the Deputy Governor of Katsina State.
The sum was gotten on the pretext that it was required for bidding documents that would enable the office award the complainant a contract to supply fertilizer to local council areas.
The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him in court.
According to the EFCC's charge, Saulawa while being the permanent secretary, sometime in 2015, with intent to defraud, falsely obtained the amount from Musa Baba, the Chairman of Many Agro Allied and Chemical Company Nigeria Limited and Diamond Fertiliser Nigeria Limited.
The anti-graft agency further said Saulawa knew that the promise was an offense contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act".