A former Bauchi state
Accountant-General has been sentenced to prison for abusing his role by committing a N108 million fraud.
This follows the conviction of Yusuf Ibrahim Gokaru, a former Bauchi State Accountant General, before Justice Muazu Abubakar of the Bauchi State High Court on charges of acquiring money under false pretenses and concealing the source and origin of the money.
His troubles started in August 2019, when the Bauchi State Government filed a petition with the Commission alleging that the convict violated his role as Accountant General and received the amount of N108, 363, 200 for personal use.
The money was diverted from the World Bank assistance to Bauchi State Government under the State Education Programme Investment Project, SEPIP. The defendant transferred the money from Bauchi State Consolidated Naira Account domiciled at Polaris Bank to a Unity Bank account.
The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.
In the course of an investigation, Thirty-One Million Naira (N31m) was recovered from the defendant. However, upon arraignment on March 13, 2020, he pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him, setting the stage for trial.
The prosecution counsel, A.Y Muntaka in the course of the trial presented witnesses and tendered documents that were admitted in evidence.
The defendant changed his plea to “guilty” as alleged when the case was heard today, April 7.
As a result, the judge found him guilty and sentenced him to one year in jail with the possibility of a fine.
Justice Abubakar also directed the prisoner to pay restitution to the Bauchi State Government in the sum of N77 million within a year.