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EFCC re-arrests ex-director convicted for N32.8b pension fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has re -arrested a former Assistant Director in the Federal Civil Service , John Yusuf , convicted for N 32. 8 billion pension fraud .

Yusuf had been on the run since the Court of Appeal , Abuja Division, sentenced him to six years imprisonment and imposed a fine of N 22 . 9 bn on him for conniving with five other suspects to steal N 32. 8 bn police pension fund in 2018.

Following his re – arrest , Justice Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday issued a remand order for him to serve his six years jail term in the Kuje custodial facility, Abuja .

This was contained in a statement by the Head , Media , and Publicity, EFCC, Dele Oyewale .

Yusuf was initially convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of N 750 , 000 fine by an FCT High Court presided over by Justice Abubakar Talba , in a plea – bargain arrangement.

The conviction , considered to be a slap on the wrist, sparked national outrage.

Dissatisfied with the judgment , the EFCC approached the appellate court to set aside the judgment .

Ruling on the substantive matter, the Justices of the Court of Appeal held unanimously that the three counts involving Yusuf clearly stated the amounts he converted for his personal use .

He pleaded guilty to the three counts and admitted to the conversion of an aggregate sum of about N 24bn to his personal use .

The statement read, “ The court stressed that the sentence of the trial court did not serve as a deterrence to both the convict and others. Consequently , the justices ruled that the sentence is hereby quashed and deserves to be reviewed. ”

Yusuf was consequently sentenced to two years imprisonment with an addition of N 20bn fine on count 17; two years imprisonment with an addition of N 1 . 4 bn fine on count 18 and another two years imprisonment with a fine of N1.5bn.

The sentence will run consecutively while the fine is cumulative.

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