Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Kebbi Accountant-General bags 70 years jail term over N1.6bn fraud

By News Express on 21/10/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 825

•Convicted Kebbi Accountant General Mohammed Arzika Dakingari
•Convicted Kebbi Accountant General Mohammed Arzika Dakingari

The Court of Appeal Kebbi Division has upturned the judgment of a Kebbi State High Court which discharged and acquitted Mohammed Arzika Dakingari, Accountant General of Kebbi State on charges of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence preferred against him and one other by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He, among other things allegedly used his office as the Accountant-General, Kebbi State for personal enrichment to the tune of N1.6 billion.

Dakingari was charged alongside Musa Yusuf, Managing Director, Beal Construction Nigeria Limited; a company owned by Dakingari and used in awarding various contracts to himself.

Dakingari’s stake in Beal Construction Limited is contrary to civil service regulation which forbids serving officers from owning businesses.

Findings by the EFCC at the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, showed that Mohammed Bashir Mohammed, Anwal Sadat and Nasir Mohammed, all sons of the accountant-general, are directors of the company (Beal Construction), while two of his brothers, Abduallahi Mohammed and Habibu Mohammed are the other directors.

The construction company operates two accounts at Ecobank and Unity Bank with Dakingari and Yusuf as signatories to the accounts. However, Dakingari was discovered to operate with two signatures, one in his official capacity as accountant-general of the state and the other as owner of Beal Construction Company Limited.

Analysis of the accounts revealed a total inflow of N1.3billion between May 2012 and September 2013, with most of the receipts coming from the Office of the Accountant-General and the Kebbi State Ministry of Finance.

Some of the contracts executed for the state for which Beal Construction Company received huge payments included the supply of furniture to 66 secondary schools in Kebbi State valued at N987million; the connection of water and drainage system at Kebbi Central Mosque valued at N110 million and the building and partitioning of Mohammed Maira Secondary School valued at N247 million.

Upon the conclusion of investigation, the EFCC filed a 20-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and abuse of office against Dakingari and Yusuf..

The trial court in its determination of the case convicted and sentenced Yusuf to six months imprisonment while it discharged and acquitted Dakingari.

Dissatisfied, the EFCC approached the Court of Appeal, asking it to set aside the judgment of the lower court and convict Dakingari as charged.

The appellate court in its well considered judgment allowed the appeal by the EFCC, convicted and sentenced Dakingari to 7years imprisonment each on 10 of the counts preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

The sentence is to run concurrently.

 

Source News Express

Posted 21/10/2017 05:46:49 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Anambra Central: INEC chairman risks jail over rejection...

Army probe: Osinbajo's motives sinister, contradictory -- Intersociety...

Anti-Buhari protesters dare police, regroup in Abuja •Lambast...

Ramadan begins today

Jonathan finally signs 2014 Budget

Why we won’t devalue the naira —Buhari

Vice Principal impregnates school girl

Today’s Weather: NiMET predicts cloudy conditions, thunderstorms and...

Judiciary workers reject Anambra Govt.’s overtures, refuse to...

Igbo leaders have dumped Ojukwu’s vision: MASSOB

Airlines suspend ticket sales as fuel scarcity bites...

35 suspected cultists paraded in Anambra

 

Latest News Osun governorship election: All the results while waiting for INEC's official declaration 2019: Screening Panel to decide fate of Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal, others Certificate Saga: Uncertainty, fears grip Buhari’s ministers, aides Ambode’s fate hangs in the balance as party insists on primary Osun Guber: PDP beats Aregbesola in Ijeshaland Missing General: Army recovers bus door Ban of Ohanaeze causes stir APC, PDP devise new method on vote-buying Activities pick up in Delta State IDP Camp; Asaba Camp records first birth Nigeria Air fiasco: Foreign investors, international community won’t take Nigeria serious again — Peter Obi Lagos sues for peace over hijab controversy Gombe, Taraba, no-go-areas for APC, others — Darius Ishaku warns

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (396,161 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (376,626 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (308,309 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (250,504 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (232,189 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (221,593 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (199,966 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (181,562 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (165,633 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (163,335 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (158,091 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (146,854 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (63) Business & Economy (3,622) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (933) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (547) Features (652) Global Business Monitor (301) International (2,426) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (144) News (39,070) Opinion (1,110) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,705) Religion (872) Sports (1,701) Stock Watch (34) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

I am Imo State's New Governor -- Okorocha's son-in-law Uche Nwosu...

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement