Ex-Minister Of Water Resources Sentenced To 3 Months Imprisonment For N450m Fraud

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The Ex-Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, who has been standing trial since 2018 was sentenced on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

Ochekpe and two others were sentenced to three months imprisonment for N450 million fraud on Tuesday at Federal High Court in Jos.

Ochekpe, who served under the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan was sentenced alongside a former chairman of the People Democratic Party in Plateau state, Raymond Dabo, and the Plateau State Coordinator of Jonathan Campaign Organization, Leo-Sunday Jitong.

While sentencing the convicts, Justice Musa Kurna held that after withdrawing the money from the bank, they did not withhold the money to themselves but delivered the same to a governorship candidate, as such were not guilty of retaining the sum for themselves.

Kurna said they were guilty of withdrawing the N450 million which he said was above the threshold of an individual withdrawal.

He said, the offence, which contravened the provisions of Section 16(1) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2013 as amended, is an offence that carries a minimum of three years imprisonment or a N10 million fine.

Kurna sentenced them to three months imprisonment each or an option N1 million naira each.

Written by: Abigael Daramola

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