Zamfara State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Gusau, has sentenced a serving member of the State’s Home of Meeting, Lawali Attahiru Dogonkade, to 4 years imprisonment over an alleged N31 million fraud.
Dogonkade who was arraigned at this time by the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) on a four-count cost bordering on conferring corrupt benefit on himself admitted guilt earlier than Justice Bello Shinkafi, thereby resulting in his quick conviction by the court docket.
The convict, representing Kauran-Namoda Native Authorities within the Zamfara State Home of Meeting, was accused of utilizing his place to confer corrupt benefit upon himself in a N31, 290, 000 contract meant for the provision of medical tools to the State Authorities in violation of Sections 10, 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000.
Counsel to ICPC, Mashkur Salisu, in one of many counts informed the court docket that the convict obtained N4.5 million from the Managing Director of Madaci Pharmacy, Mr. Hamisu Saminu Jibril, as share for the provision of medical tools contract awarded by the state authorities.
His counsel, Mr. Abubakar Junaidu, had earlier argued on the propriety of the cost earlier than the court docket saying that the accused had been charged one time earlier than the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Gusau by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC). However the trial decide overruled his argument and shortly after, the convict entered right into a responsible plea.
Junaidu then pleaded with the court docket to be lenient together with his shopper contemplating the truth that he was a primary time offender with a big household and dependents who solely depend on him for his or her livelihood.
Following his responsible plea, the Counsel to the Fee invited the court docket to convict him in step with the provisions of 274 (2) of Administration of Felony Justice Act 2015.
The court docket thereupon convicted the accused individual as charged and sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment or cost of effective of N30, 000 on every of the counts totaling N120, 000.