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N97m Fraud: Appeal Court Affirms That ex- Gome Commissioner Must Spend 32 Years In Prison, To Refund N31m

 

The Court of Appeal, Gombe Division, has affirmed the conviction of a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Gombe State and Chairman of Shangon Local Government Area, Sammuel Bulus Adamu.

The ex-commissioner had on July 23, 2020 been convicted and sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in a N97.640 million case of fraud, cheating and money laundering brought against him by Gombe Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC .

The lower court had ruled that the EFCC proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and consequently convicted and sentenced Adamu to a cumulative 31 years imprisonment on the 7-count charge preferred against him.

Adamu, was convicted for awarding contract to a non-existing company, inflation of contract and payment of contractor above his threshold.

But dissatisfied with the ruling of the court, Adamu approached the Court of Appeal, to set aside the judgment of the trial court.

 However, the Appellate Court resolved the appeal in favour of the EFCC, affirming the judgment of the lower court, including the consequential order on the refund of N31.640 million. 

 

 

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