30 January 2013

Nigeria: EFCC Arrests Freed Pension Accountant, Re-Arraigns Him Today

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Court gavel.

The EFCC yesterday re- arrested John Yakubu Yusuf, a former accountant at the Police Pensions fund, who was freed Monday after paying N750 fine for misappropriating over N23 billion.

Justice Abubakar Talba of an Abuja High Court had on Monday sentenced Yusuf to two years imprisonment with an option of N750,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to the three count charges.

Yusuf was earlier arraigned alongside six other civil servants charged with alleged misappropriation of N32.8 billion Police Pension fund in an Abuja High Court.

The judge ruled that he is also to forfeit the sum of N325 million and 30 choice properties scattered in Abuja and Gombe.

Other co-accused who did not plead guilty include: Atiku Abubakar Kigo, the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of Service; Esai Dangabar, a retired director at the Aviation Ministry; and Ahmed Wada, a former deputy director of the Police Pension Office and now director in the Federal Ministry of Sports.

Others are: accountants Sani Habila Zira, Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Mrs Uzoma Attang and Christian Madubuike.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the re-arrest of Yusuf, said the suspect is being detained by the commission and would be arraigned on fresh charges.

Wilson said the commission has prepared and filed a 4-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets. He stated that the suspect would be arraigned in court today.

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