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Gov’t officials sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing IDP relief materials

The EFCC, Gombe zonal office, on Friday landed the conviction of a former Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Dallami Rukuje, before a Justice Abubakar Jauro led State high court on three counts bordering on conspiracy and criminal misappropriation.

Rukuje was alleged to have conspired with the second convict, Isa Garba, the store officer of GOSEMA, to steal building materials brought to Gombe State by the Presidential Committee for the North East Initiatives to Internally Displaced Persons as relief materials.

They have been jailed 18 months imprisonment with an option of a N300,000 fine each.

The convicts reportedly conspired to sell 5000 bags of cement and 4000 drums of 20-litre paints and used the proceeds for their personal benefit.

The offences are contrary to sections 84, 85, 97, and 309 of the Penal Code.

They were initially arraigned on February 28, 2018 and pleaded not guilty to all the three counts, which made the prosecution counsel, A. M. Labaran, to request a date for trial.

Justice Jauro also ordered Rukuje to pay the sum of N7,960,340.00 to GOSEMA, while N195,000 and N80,000 recovered from the second convict would be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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