Court sentences former Gombe council boss to 31 years in prison

Court sentences former Gombe council boss to 31 years in prison

- An official in Gombe state has been sentenced to 31 years imprisonment over money laundering

- Samuel Bulus Adamu, a former chairman of Shongom local government area of Gombe was found guilty of a seven-count charge bordering on fraud

- The EFCC Gombe zonal office charged the suspect to court after it received a petition against him

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The anti-corruption campaign of the Buhari administration has come hard on an official in Gombe state who was sentenced to 31 years in prison over money laundering.

Samuel Bulus Adamu, a former chairman of Shongom local government area of Gombe state was sentenced by a court that found him guilty of a seven-count charge bordering on fraud, cheating and money laundering.

Court sentences former Gombe council boss to 31 years imprisonment

The EFCC charged Samuel Bulus Adamu to court after it received a petition against him. Photo credits: The Nation
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) EFCC Gombe zonal office charged the official to court after it received a petition from the TICAN Engineering Enterprises on allegations bordering on fraud, cheating and money laundering to the tune of N97, 640, 000.

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The EFCC disclosed that after being found guilty, the trial judge, Justice Afolabi, sentenced Adamu to five years imprisonment on counts 1, 2 and 4 without an option of fine.

On count 3, the court sentenced him to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine, and on counts 5, 6 and 7, the court sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment each without an option of fine. The sentence is to commence from July 10, 2020, and run concurrently.

He said the sentences are to commence from the 10th of July, 2020, and will run concurrently.

Justice Afolabi also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N31, 640, 000to the coffers of Shongom Local Govt through the registry of the court under the supervision of the EFCC.

Meanwhile, the suspended chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has challenged the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, to prove evidence of the allegations levelled against him.

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Responding to a query by the retired justice Ayo Salami-led presidential panel probe, Magu said the accusations against him were bare-faced lies that cannot be proved.

Magu is being grilled over allegations bordering on insubordination and corruption following a recent memo by Malami indicting the suspended EFCC boss.

He was in detention for ten days before being released after his suspension was perfected and a next in rank officer was given the waiver to take control of the anti-graft agency.

While responding to the query, Magu who “vehemently and unequivocally” rejected the allegation against him described how he is being treated like a common criminal as unfortunate.

He said the false and malicious allegation is intended to destroy his hard-earned reputation.

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