A serving deputy director of the Niger State Ministry of Land Transportation, Mr Umaru Farook, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the Niger State High Court in Minna for demanding and receiving gratification of N11 million from a contractor.
According to a statement issued on Friday by ICPC spokesperson Azuka Ogugua, Farook had earlier been dragged before Hon. Justice Abdullahi Mikail, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.
The convict was first arraigned in July 2020 on a seven-count charge bordering on gratification and conferment of corrupt advantage upon self, allegations to which he pleaded not guilty, thereby setting the tone for the long trial.
ICPC prosecutor, Osuobeni Akpos, had told the court that Farook while serving as the Deputy Director of Land Transport for the Niger State Ministry of Land Transportation, in 2016, collected the sum of N11,000,000 as kickback from a contractor for the award of a contract for the registration of Auto Mechanic Workshops, registration of auto spare parts dealers, registration of motorcycle/tricycle dealers and registration of colour code certification for commercial transport operators.
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The prosecution explained to the court how the convict had received money on different occasions, sometimes in tranches of N100,000, N500,000, and N400,000. to the tune of N11 million from one Oyabambi Bolaji Stephen on behalf of Boyabam Services Global Limited in exchange for a contract.
The court was also informed that the said action of the convict was in contravention of sections 8 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The trial judge stated that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubt and thereby found the accused guilty on all the seven counts and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment, each for counts one to six and five years imprisonment for count seven. All the sentences are to run concurrently.