Court jails church ac­coun­tant 18 years for fraud

The Punch - - NEWS - Hindi Liv­i­nus, Yola

Ahigh Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has sen­tenced the ac­coun­tant in one of the or­tho­dox churches in the state, Mr Ibrahim Aku, to 18 years im­pris­on­ment for de­fraud­ing the church of N15.5m.

Aku, a long-serv­ing mem­ber of the Ek­liy­isar Yanuwa’a Nige­ria (Church of the Brethren in Nige­ria), was con­victed for com­mit­ting the fraud be­tween 2016 and 2018, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Aku’s trial be­fore his con­vic­tion by a Yola High court, presided over by Jus­tice Nathan Musa, fol­lowed the pe­ti­tion filed be­fore the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Church, Rev. Dr Daniel Mbaya.

Mbaya said the em­bez­zled funds were part of con­tri­bu­tions gen­er­ated from church mem­bers’ of­fer­ings, do­na­tions and tithes.

Jus­tice Musa, who de­liv­ered judg­ment on the six counts bor­der­ing on forgery and ob­tain­ing money by false pre­tence, said, “The ac­cused per­son is hereby sen­tenced to three-year im­pris­on­ment on each count, which is to run con­cur­rently with­out an op­tion of fine.”

Speak­ing shortly af­ter the ver­dict, Mr Bello Ba­joga of the Pub­lic Af­fairs Depart­ment of the EFCC said the com­mis­sion was happy with the judg­ment.

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