The senator representing Uyo Senatorial District, Bassey Akpan has been sentenced to 42 years in prison without an option of fine for corruption.
Akpan, the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, (YPP), Akwa Ibom State, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissíon (EFCC).
Delivering her judgement at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, the presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke found Senator Akpan guilty on a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and receipt of exotic cars worth two hundred and four million naira (N204m).
During the court proceeding, Defense Counsel Solomon Umoh (SAN) pleaded with the Court for leniency as the convict has a young wife and children to cater for.
He also pleaded that the court should temper justice with mercy by including an option of fine. But that was opposed by EFCC, citing legal authority to convince the court not to give fine as an option, particularly in the light of the fact that the court has not opted for the maximum sentence.
Akpan was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on June 24, 2019, at the Federal High Court, Uyo for corruption charges.
He was accused of receiving from Jide Omokore, a BMW X5 (bulletproof) worth N50 million in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 (bulletproof) worth N45 million from the same source.
In November 2013, he also received a Toyota Landcruiser V8( bulletproof) valued at N40 million and in March 2014, he received a Range Rover, valued at N40 million. Also in September 2014, another Toyota Hiace High Roof bus valued at N27 million was received from the businessman.
Additionally, he was prosecuted for receiving at different times between 2012-2014, Toyota Hiace High Roof buses valued at N16 million and six units of Toyota Hilux vehicles valued at N36 million.
The EFCC which was investigating money used for the 2015 elections, spotlighted Jide Omokore, who was suspected as a conduit through which illegal funds were used for elections. While interrogating the businessman, he mentioned his numerous transactions with Obong Bassey Albert, who was a commissioner in the state and now a senator.
Meanwhile, the senator has been taken to the Correctional Centre, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, where he is expected to serve his jail term.
Actress Paraded By EFCC For Spraying New Naira Notes
An actress, Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin, who was earlier arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, is now being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Operatives of the Lagos zonal office of the EFCC commenced an investigation of Omoseyin, a cosmetologist, for allegedly tampering with the new naira notes.
The EFCC on Friday said the offence was contrary to Section 21 (5) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007.
The ICPC nabbed the suspect on Wednesday along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, following an intelligence report.
The 31-year-old was arrested following the sharing of an online video of her spraying and stepping on the new naira notes at a party.
In the said video, the actress was reportedly seen flaunting wads of the newly redesigned naira notes.
She was subsequently handed over to the EFCC on Thursday for further investigations.
“Items recovered from her at the point of arrest include a Range Rover and iPhone mobile devices. The suspect will be charged to court once investigations have been concluded,” the EFCC said.
ICPC Secures Conviction Of Director, Firm Over N13m Contract Fraud
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has secured the conviction of Mr Ojoko Robinson, a director with Rojoke CNE Services Limited, and the company for contract fraud to the tune of N13, 710, 252.44.
According to a statement on Friday by ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, the anti-corruption agency had filed a seven-count charge against Robinson and the company before Hon. Justice N. O. Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Asaba Judicial Division, on allegations bordering on forgery.
ICPC in suit No. FHC/ASB/3C/2022 informed the court of how the defendants used forged documents in bidding and securing two World Bank contracts, contravening Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, CAP M17, LFN 2004.
Having listened to both augments, the trial judge found the defendants guilty on all counts, as the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
In handing down his judgment, Justice Dimgba ruled that the defendants should refund 25 per cent of the benefits derived from the contracts to the World Bank through the Asaba office of the ICPC.
The trial Judge further ordered the 1st defendant, who is an Information Technology expert, to teach Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the Delta State ICT Hub, Asaba for two years at his own expense. The 1st defendant is to work out a programme with the management of the ICT Hub within two weeks from the date of the judgment and file a notice of compliance with the registrar of the court.
The judge also ruled that the 1st defendant, having been sent for training on integrity by the World Bank, is to deliver regular talks on integrity to final-year students in three secondary schools (two in Asaba and one in his hometown) and file progress reports every three months with the registrar of the court.
JUST IN: Two Ex-SARS Officers Bag Death Sentence For Murder
A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, two former members of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad for extra-judicial killing.
Recall that five members of the SARS team, ASP Samuel Chigbu, Shedrack Ibibo, Magus Awuri, Ogoligo, and Olisa Emeka were standing trial for killing Michael Akor and Michael Igwe, while in their custody for allegedly stealing recharge cards in Oyigbo, Oyigbo Local Government Area in 2015.
But ASP Samuel Chigbu and Ogoligo died in custody at the correctional centre in Port Harcourt, while Shedrack Ibibo, Magus Awuri, and Olisa Emeka continued with the trial.
The trial judge, Justice M.O Opara, in her judgement found Shedrack Ibibo and Magus Awuri guilty of conspiracy to murder, while Olisa Emeka was acquitted.
Speaking to newsmen after the judgment, the state prosecution council expressed happiness, saying justice has been served.
She said, “The court found out that they actually were guilty of murdering the two deceased persons.
“The court discharged and acquitted Olisa Emeka based on the findings of the court, because the prosecution did not prove his case concerning the last person.
“From the judgement, justice has been served to the family of the deceased and that makes me happy.
“It will serve as a deterrent hopefully to other police officers and also give some sort of closure to the families of the deceased persons.”
The mother to one of those murdered, Kathrine Akoro also expressed happiness over the judgment, saying the policemen would now experience a taste of their own medicine.
She said, “They killed my son, carried our property in 2011. My son said I should forgive them, let them go and bring those things they took.
“I said if you are carrying all those property, bring my son, I will be okay. I thank God He has fought for me. I am happy.
“They said that place is good for anybody that killed innocent souls, sending them by force to the grave. They have already tested it. The remaining one here today, they have tested it.”
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