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Ex-Pension Accountant Jailed N109m Scam


Xavier Ndanyongmong


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Thursday, secured the conviction of Babatunde Abisuga, a former accountant with the Federal Civil Service Commission, who has been standing trial on a five count charge of conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and forgery.

He was prosecuted before Justice Maryann Anennih of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

Abisuga was first arraigned alongside Mohammed Ndakupe and Hassan Mohammed Tukur (now late) on April 3, 2012 on a 12-count charge to which they pleaded “not guilty”.

Abisuga, through his counsel, M. A. Ebute later prayed the court to allow him explore the option of plea bargain since the money had been recovered in full and handed over to the Federal Civil Service Commission.

Justice Anennih, granted his prayers and the prosecution in consideration of the request amended the charge.

The defendant (Abisuga), when re-arraigned pleaded guilty to the five count amended charge.

Justice Anennih, in her judgment convicted and sentenced Abisuga to three months’ imprisonment on counts one and two and six months’ imprisonment on counts five, six and seven without option of fine.

“The conviction is not to punish but to reform the accused person and to deter the public from the ‘get quick rich syndrome”, Justice Anennih added.

The sentences, according to the judge, are to run concurrently.

Meanwhile, the judge adjourned to June 7, 2016 for continuation of trial on the charges against the second accused person, Ndakupe, who pleaded not guilty to the amended charges.

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