N24m Fraud: Ex-Kogi Commissioner Bags 19-year Jail Term

 

Zacchaeus Atte
The convict, Zacchaeus Atte

The conviction of Zacchaeus Atte, a former commissioner for agriculture in Kogi State has been secured by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

According to ICPC spokesperson Rasheedat Okoduwa, Atte was convicted on corruption charges by a Kogi State High Court sitting in Okene, Kogi State and presided over by Justice J.J Majebi.

Atte was said to have been found guilty on 7 out of the 11 counts charges brought against him by ICPC.

The former commissioner according to the  ICPC spokesperson who is to serve a total of 19 years jail term, was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment each on counts 1 and 3 without an option of fine.

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Okoduwa said, “He was also sentenced on count 2 to five years imprisonment without an option of fine, “for receiving the sum of N350,000 being amount earmarked to defray the transportation costs of the farmers during the cocoa seedlings distribution exercise” but failed to do so. This is also an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act. ”

“The former Commissioner was further sentenced to 1-year imprisonment each on counts 8 to 11 for “spending from the sum of N2,849,953 being amount earmarked for the purchase of office equipment on what he called Statewide Sensitization Tour; visit to Lagos from Lokoja on issues of Power Tiller; and Video Coverage” contrary to and punishable under section 22(5) of the ICPC Act.”

The trial judge was said to justify the conviction of the defendant, saying that the ICPC legal team had proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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