ICPC secures 2 years imprisonment for Ferma staff over N600m road funds theft

ICPC Secures 2 Years Imprisonment for FERMA Staff over N60m Road Funds Theft
Posted on July 21, 2017 by Okon Isong
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A Sokoto State High Court has sentenced a staff of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Anthony Mbanefo, to two years imprisonment for embezzling N60 million Federal Government money approved for the repairs of two federal roads in Sokoto State.

Mr. Mbanefo who was charged before Justice Bello Duwale by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was accused of holding private interest in a Federal Government contract, which led to the diversion of the money.

ICPC in a 4-count charge said his actions violated the provisions of sections 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The Commission told the court that the crime was committed in the months of September and October, 2013, when Mbanefo, who was a Senior Technical Officer 1, collected N20 million on three different occasions from contractors handling the road repair projects.

He was said to have collected N40 million from Crest Code Nigeria Limited and N20 million from Dewlands International Limited, the companies handling the road projects.

The money was meant for the emergency maintenance repairs of Jabo-Kajiji Kummi and Rimawa-Sabon Birni roads, all in Sokoto State.

Part of the charge sheet reads, “That you Anthony Mbanefo, on or about the month of September, 2013 thereabouts whilst being employed in the public service serving as Senior Technical Officer 1, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Abuja knowingly acquired an indirect private interest in a contract for the emergency maintenance repairs between KM. 1+950—KM.3+400 at Jabo along Kajiji Kummi Road, Sokoto State emanating from the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Abuja, the office in which you are employed when you collected the sum of N20 million from Crest Code Nigeria Limited, a company on which the contract was awarded by FERMA for the purpose of executing the said contract on behalf of the said company and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

‘That you Anthony Mbanefo, on or about the month of October, 2013 thereabouts whilst being a public officer as Senior Technical Officer 1, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Abuja, used your position to confer corrupt advantage upon yourself when you collected the sum of N20 million to execute the contract for the emergency maintenance repairs between KM.183+300—KM.184+400 at Sululu along Rimawa- Sabon Birni, Niger Republic Road, Sokoto State, on behalf of Messrs Dewlands Int. Limited awarded to it by FERMA for a contract sum of N40 million which contract you failed to execute and converted the said sum to your own use and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

His counsel, Mr. Y. Gwazawa, before the ruling, pleaded with the court to show his client mercy for being a first offender.

Justice Duwale, in his ruling, sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment without an option of fine.

the repairs of two federal roads in Sokoto State.

Mr. Mbanefo who was charged before Justice Bello Duwale by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was accused of holding private interest in a Federal Government contract, which led to the diversion of the money.

ICPC in a 4-count charge said his actions violated the provisions of sections 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The Commission told the court that the crime was committed in the months of September and October, 2013, when Mbanefo, who was a Senior Technical Officer 1, collected N20 million on three different occasions from contractors handling the road repair projects.

He was said to have collected N40 million from Crest Code Nigeria Limited and N20 million from Dewlands International Limited, the companies handling the road projects.

The money was meant for the emergency maintenance repairs of Jabo-Kajiji Kummi and Rimawa-Sabon Birni roads, all in Sokoto State.

Justice Duwale, in his ruling, sentenced the accused to two years imprisonment without an option of fine.

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