- The former chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) Alexander Micah Paman, has bagged 12 years in jail
- Paman was found guilty of defrauding the federal government to the tune of N5 million
- The convicted civil servant earlier said the funds were spent for the celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day
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The war against corruption by the current administration has recorded another win as Alexander Micah Paman, an assistant director, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on Wednesday, July 8.
According to PR Nigeria, Paman, the former chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Federal Ministry of Works, was sentenced by Justice O. A. Adeniyi of an FCT high court, in Abuja for defrauding the federal government of N5 million.
Paman was brought before the presiding judge by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for misappropriating N5 million.
The civil servant was accused of spending N4.9 million out of the N5 million approved by the permanent secretary for the observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day back in December 2014.
The convict was alleged to have also diverted N400,000 donated for the same purpose by the Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
Paman while defending his actions told the court that the money was actually spent for the celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day.
However, the counsel to ICPC Ekoi Akponimisingha pushed back Paman's claims with evidence that he used part of the money to pay the media and diverted the N400,000 for his personal use.
Justice Adeniyi, in his judgment, sentenced the assistant director to 7 years imprisonment for making false returns, and 5 years for abuse of office.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ezekiel Bala Agaba, a former executive director at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was sentenced by a court to seven years imprisonment on Wednesday, July 15.
The former executive director was sentenced by a Federal High Court in Lagos for laundering N1.5 billion.
Agaba was accused of looting money from the agency. He is also reportedly facing another trial alongside Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former director-general of NIMASA.
In other news, the Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded a high-profile conviction in its fight against corruption among government officials and public servants.
A report by Reuters indicates that Vital Kamerhe, the chief of staff to President Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo was on Saturday, June 20, sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement. Kamerhe was found guilty of pilfering public funds to the tune of $48 million.
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