Thursday, April 25, 2024

S’Court affirms six-year jail term for ex-pension director over N22.9bn fraud

The Supreme Court of Nigeria yesterday, in Abuja affirmed the six years imprisonment imposed on Mr. John Yakubu Yusuf, a former Federal Director of Pensions (FDP).

Yusuf has also been ordered by the court to refund N22.9b to the government.

The N22.9 billion was part of the police pension fund he confessed before a High Court in Abuja to have been misappropriated.

Justice Tjjani Abubakar in a judgment in an appeal filed by Yusuf, upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal which in 2018 sent him to six years imprisonment, in addition to the refund of the huge sum.

The apex court held that Yusuf and others engaging in fraudulent practices must be told through court judgments that it is no longer business as usual.

Justice Abubakar said that his appeal seeking to set aside the six years jail term against him was devoid of merit.

He further held that those who have suffered as a result of the convicted Director’s malpractice deserved adequate recompense which only justice can bring about.

Yusuf had dragged the Federal Government before the apex court seeking to overturn the six years imprisonment slammed on him by the Court of Appeal.

The former pension director, who is serving the six years jail term at Kuje prison, also prayed for the Supreme Court to set aside the sum of N22.9 billion he was ordered to refund the government by the Court of Appeal in a 2018 judgment.

He was sent to prison in 2018 by the Court of Appeal in Abuja upon being found guilty of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N22.9 billion naira through Police Pensions.



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