N1.4bn Fraud: Ex-Kogi Lawmaker Bags 154-Years Jail Sentence

law-justice-court-300x225A federal High Court sitting in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital on Monday convicted a former member of the State House of Assembly and former Caretaker Chairman, Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the state, Gabriel Daudu, for a N1.4 billion fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which had first arraigned Mr. Daudu in April 2010, was prosecuted on 208-count charge bordering on money laundering and misappropriation of public funds.
Delivering judgment on the matter, Justice Inyang Ekwo found the former lawmaker guilty of 77 counts and sentenced him to 154-year imprisonment.
In his ruling, the trial judge held that the prosecution proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt, and therefore sentenced Mr. Daudu to two years on each of the 77 counts to run concurrently.
Before the conviction of the politician, prosecuting counsel, Wahab Shittu, tendered various exhibits before the court and fielded 13 witnesses to prove the case against him.
In the course of the trial, Justice Ekwo indicated that the trial might have to start afresh as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, asked Justice P.M. Ayuba of the Lokoja Division of the court to take over the case.
However, Mr. Shittu pleaded with Justice Auta to review the decision.
The Chief Judge, thereafter, returned the case file to Justice Ekwo, who, Monday, found Mr. Daudu guilty of the 77 counts.
Since the sentences are running concurrently, Mr. Daudu will spend only two years in jail.