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Court Of Appeal Upholds Five Years Jail Of Yobe Auditor General, Yahaya For Multi-Million Naira Fraud

Posted by Samuel on Sun 25th Feb, 2024 -

Yahaya was prosecuted by the EFCC on a one-count of criminal misappropriation to the tune of N19,900,000.

Idris Yahaya

The Gombe Division of the Court of Appeal has affirmed the conviction and five-year prison sentence of Yobe State Local Government Auditor General, Alhaji Idris Yahaya.

Recall that Justice Muhammad Lawu Lawan of the Yobe State High Court, March 13, 2023 convicted and sentenced Yahaya to five years imprisonment for misappropriation of N19.9million charge preferred against him by the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Yahaya was prosecuted by the EFCC on a one-count of criminal misappropriation to the tune of N19,900,000.

He was accused of receiving funds from the Office of the Auditor General for Local Government and Emirate Affairs, Yobe State, for the purchase of an official vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Corolla, and diverted part of the money to his personal use.

The lone count reads: ''That you, Yahaya Lawal Idris, being the Auditor General for Local Government, Yobe State, between the 20th to 21st day of May, 2017 at Damaturu, Yobe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, received the sum of N19,900,000.00 via your personal account number 1001480930 with account name Alhaji Yahaya Idris domiciled in United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) from the Local Government Audit Account Number 5030030060 domiciled in Fidelity Bank Plc for the purchase of a brand new Toyota Corolla 2015 Model, did dishonestly misappropriated the gross sum of N10,100,000.00 (Ten Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira) only.”

However, dissatisfied with the lower court judgment, Yahaya approached the appellate court, where he raised five grounds of appeal and prayed the court to set aside the judgment of Justice Lawan.

While arguing against the appeal, counsel to the EFCC, Mukhtar Ali prayed the court to uphold the judgment of the lower court and dismiss the appeal on the grounds that “the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts."

The EFCC in a statement issued on Saturday said that while delivering judgment on the appeal on Thursday, the three-man panel led by Justice A. A. B. Gumel, upheld the conviction of Yahaya and unanimously dismissed the appeal and consequently affirmed the judgment of the trial court.

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