Police Pension Scam: Nigerian Official Convicted For Stealing N32.8 Billion Gets Two Years in Jail, Or Option Of N250,000 Fine

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Jan 28, 2013 – Police Pension Scam: Nigerian Official Convicted For Stealing N32.8 Billion Gets Two Years in Jail, Or Option Of N250,000 Fine

An Abuja High Court became the punch line to a tasteless joke today when it sentenced John Yakubu Yusufu, standing trial on charges of stealing N32.8billion in the Police Pension scam, to two years on each of three charges, and then offered him a go-home option of a fine of N250,000 ($1,500).

Wisely, Mr. Yusufu accepted the judge’s kind offer, parted with N750,000 ($4,500), and walked into freedom with the rest of his loot.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said in a statement it would “study the ruling and respond appropriately.”

Before Justice Talba Mohammed, Mr. Yusufu had dramatically pleaded guilty to counts 18, 19 and 20 of the offense of grand theft and money laundering involving N32.8 billion ($204 million), in connivance with Essai Dangaba, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa, Wada, Mrs. Veronica Uloma, Sani Habila Zira, Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang and Christian Madubuike.

At today’s trial, the EFCC amended the charges and introduced two more suspects, Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang and Christian Madubuike.

Mrs. Attang was however not produced in court as she is said to be a powerful woman. She was however identified as a Director of Finance at the Ministry of Communication; between 2007 and 2008, she served as a Director at the Police Pension Fund.

During that short span, Mrs. Attang amassed so much wealth that in one account, at the United Bank of Africa, she had N500 million and the Code of Conduct tribunal brought charges against her. Those charges were then swiftly quashed as the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, allegedly waded into the case on her side.

The EFCC said in its statement that Mrs Attang was “removed from the list of accused persons due to her absence in court,” but that she will be arraigned at a later date.

Count 19, one of the three that Yusufu pleaded guilty to, reads: “That you John Yakubu Yusufu between 27th January, 2009 and 25th November 2009 at Abuja in the Abuja Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory converted to your use certain property, to wit the sum of N1,364, 285, 419.95 ( One Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Four Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand, Four Hundred and Nineteen Naira and Ninety five Kobo) belonging to Police Pension Office domiciled in its account with First Bank of Nigeria Plc and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 309 of the Penal Code Act, Cap. 532, Laws of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria, 2007.”

According to the EFCC, prior to the ruling, the defence counsel, Theodore Bala Maiyaki pleaded with the court for leniency. “My Lord, his conduct has shown respect for this honourable court, he has saved the time of my Lord and being a first offender, with no previous record of conviction, I urge the court to temper justice with mercy and sentence him with least possible terms.”

He also pleaded that Yusufu has a serious heart condition and is the bread winner of not only his immediate family but of numerous others.

However, prosecution counsel Rotimi Jacobs reminded the court that Section 309 of the Criminal Procedure Code prescribes a maximum of 2 years imprisonment, a fine or both for the offence which the convict had pleaded guilty to.

He said, “The court needs to send out the message that the era of stealing public funds with impunity is gone. Having regards to the amount and properties involved, the duty imposed on the convict, it would not be good to convict him without regards to assuaging the feelings of Nigerians especially the pensioners.”

Mr. Jacob urged the court to convict Mr. Yusufu accordingly. He also submitted an application seeking for the forfeiture of 13 properties found in Gombe GRA and Abuja which the EFCC seized from Yusufu as proceeds of crime.

Mr. Jacobs said the process of illegally withdrawing and sharing monies among the accused persons started in 2007 and ended in 2009; within that period, Mr. Yusufu came into office, met the unwholesome practice and continued with it. He told the court that apart from the 13 properties confiscated from him, the sum of N325 million found in his account should also be forfeited.

Mr. Jacobs later protested the slap on the wrist handed down by Justice Mohammed, warning that it will defeat the fight against corruption.

Apart from the jail term, the EFCC said the former assistant director of Police Pension office will forfeit 32 properties. They include two units of a 3 bedroom semi detached bungalow at R2, A and B, sunny homes, Dakwo District, Abuja; two units of 3 bedroom semi bungalow- detached at M24, A and B, sunny homes Dakwo homes, Dakwo District Abuja; four units of a 3bedroom semi- detached bungalow, managed by Daniel at sunny homes, Dakwo District, Abuja; eight units of an Estates of two bedroom flats, at Gombe, GRA; one unit Semi-detached Duplex at house 21, 4th Avenue, Gwarinpa, Abuja; four units of a 2 bedroom semi-detached duplex at Bricks city, Kubwa road, Abuja and one unit of Semi- Detached Duplex, at 14B Democracy crescent, Gaduwa, Abuja.

He will also forfeit the sum of N325, 187, 867.18 in cash.

The substantive case was adjourned to February 25, 2013.

[Source: Sahara Reporter]

13 thoughts on “Police Pension Scam: Nigerian Official Convicted For Stealing N32.8 Billion Gets Two Years in Jail, Or Option Of N250,000 Fine

  1. Next will be a national award for the thief.
    His next appointment should be management of the judiciary pension fund.

  2. can u imagine a persn accusd of stealing 34b naira public fund ws nw askd to pay a fine of 750k while persn dt steal jst 20k wil b sntncd to 10yrs imprisnmet withour an optn of any fine. na wa for dis country o. hw ar we goin to eradicate curptn?

  3. those judges should be arrested and sentence, they are part of d fraud. i can somebody return far less than wat he stole.

  4. What type of country are we leving in, what a wicked generation.just look at cork and bull story they are telling us,in a nation where one person will gather what wil make over 200,000thousand yourth to be a millioniar all by him self what a wicked world,in country where over 95% of our yourth(graduate) are jobless what did u expect high rate crime and diaspora in sarch of greener pasture,in country where most of our degree holders even phd holders are teaching in verious primary and secoundly schools and even lesson centers in other for them to get their ends meat they(leaders)no about it,but the funny part of it is dat most of our high class and caders office is been occupaid by SSCE AND STANDARD SIX holders what a wicked world,in country where most of our market and business house are fill with graduates(aso ahia)in a country where a graduat will be doing most of dis works:motor counductor,balow pusher,saving mesing,gate keeper e.t.c what type of nation did i find my self in “GOD WHERE ARE YOU” just see how asia country are intimidating our able minded young man and woman why simply because our moster,fools,theif that called their self our are not doing the right thing at the right time what we need in this country is heaven revolution dat is to say let them(our leaders) sleep and weak up no more.

  5. May God have mercy on those wuruwuru judges, we have in dis our country naija. That is why corruption will continue because the judiciary system is for the big criminals and why the poor is treated like a trash.

  6. Because of the actions of evildoers like you & all others who have turned this great country Nigeria to a GHOST country, sending men, women & children of this great country into self imposed exile We say: And the earth shall open its mouth and swallow you up, with your households and all the people who belonged to you and all their goods. We say you shall all perish one after another. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. … Towns cities & villages shall rise agaist you all. Heaven & earth blessed you all & your offsprings with death. Your children, grand & great grand shall pay for your sins against this great country Nigeria with their own lives( death by hanging on a tree) & before God Almighty the creator of Heaven & earth You all say AMEN AMEN AMEN . SO SHALL IT BE SO SAYS THE LORD
    AS THE SUN SET ON YOU & THE DROPS OF THE RAIN TOUCHES YR BODY, YOU SHALL DIE IMMEDIATELY; YOU SHALL FRIENDS TO NOR BUT ENEMY OF ALL GODS CREATIONS HERE ON EARTH. THIS IS OUR PRAYERS FOR YOU ALL & GOD POTION FOR YOU TOO.

  7. Revolution! Revolution! Revolution! We need gr8 change.BOKO HARAM,Nigerians will join U If u declare war against d Ruling class.Why should Nigeria youths be poor? SOON,CLASS CONSCIOUNESS WILL EMERGE & D ERA OF BAD LEADERSHIP WILL BE OVER.

  8. @Onyemgba and justice, una get time oh. See long comment. How can they give him an option of #250,00 fine instead of an option of returning all the money or 7 years imprisonment or more. Stupid country. Foolish leaders, illiterate First lady, wicked boko haram, ugly country, fucked up babes dat hardly give sex. Lol.

  9. #250,000, rather. Naija babes make una dey try fuck person lyk d white babes. Haba. Remember d human body can not go to heaven only d spirit can do dat. So It’s not as if u will take ur body 2 heaven. Ur boobs and pussy won’t go 2 heaven. Give us the sex. Lol

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