A High Court sitting in Yola, Thursday, sentenced two men to 21 years each over N362 million allegedly given to them by former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke to influence voting in the 2015 general elections. Justice Nathan Musa of High Court 1 delivered the judgement.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged the three: Ibrahim Mohammed Umar (1st defendant), Sahabo Iya Hamman (2nd defendant) and Allison-Madueke (3rd defendant) to court for laundering the sum of N362 million.
The two defendants were convicted on three counts:
“Conspiracy to corrupt public officers, contrary and punishable under section 26 (1)(c) and (d) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000.
“Corruptly procure monetary benefit, contrary to and punishable under Section 9 (1)(a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000 and ,
“Receive for yourself monetary benefit contrary to and punishable under section 10(a) (I) and (ii) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences 2000.”
The first and second defendant were sentenced to seven years on each of the three counts, but the sentences run concurrently, meaning they would serve only 7 years.
Justice Nathan Musa also ordered the Inspector General of Police to produce the 3rd defendant, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke before him.