- A pension fraudster identified as Akpudili Christian Anayo has been convicted by a court in Enugu
- Anayo was said to have used fake identities to divert pension funds up to the tune of N13 million
- The fraudster, who is an ad-hoc staff of the pension board in the state, carried out the act during the verification process of pension payment
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Enugu zonal office, on Monday, April 8, got the conviction of a pension fraudster, Akpudili Christian Anayo.
The ruling was given by Justice K. I. Okpe of the Enugu state high court, as Anayo was convicted on a six-count charge of forgery, impersonation, conspiracy and stealing to the tune of N13 million.
According to the post made on facebook by the anti-graft agency, the convict pleaded guilty to the charges against him during the trial.
After looking at the charges against him, Justice Okpe found him guilty of all the charges, while adjourning the case till Saturday, May 13, 2019 for his sentencing.
Anayo’s problem began when the plaintiff, the Enugu state government, alleged that on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the Enugu state EXCO had directed that May, June and July 2017 pensions/salaries of the state pensioners and three other agencies of the state government be paid by cheques after physical verification.
After the verification exercise, it was revealed that the convict who was an ad-hoc staff for the verification exercise, and also in charge of the system computing the names of the verified civil servants in the state, colluded and used the bank accounts of three fake pensioners to steal funds meant for the pension and salaries of the civil servants in the 17 local government area of Enugu state.
The fake identities behind the accounts were: Ngene Patrick Somtochukwu, Ani Ifeyinwa and Patience Christian Chimezie, in Fidelity, Stanbic IBTC and First Banks plc respectively.
Part of the counts read: “Akpudili Christian Anayo sometime in June 2017, at Enugu state within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Enugu state stole the sum of N5,034,435, through Christian Chimezie Patience, Fidelity bank account number 6171072108, property of the Enugu state government pension board and you thereby committed an offence stealing contrary to Section 342 of the criminal code law of the Enugu state, Cap.30, revised laws of Enugu state, 2004 and punishable under Section 353 of the same law."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the EFCC on Monday, April 8, announced that five alleged train ticket racketeers in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, were arrested.
It also confirmed that another set of such suspects have been arrested in Kaduna.
In one of the separate statements obtained by Legit.ng, the anti-graft agency gave the names of the five arrested suspects to include Clement Zakka, Udim Sunday Samson, Adams Danladi, Otitomoni Omobolanle and Hassan Dauda.
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