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Court Jails Borno Politician over Sale of IDPs Rice

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A Supervisory Councillor from Mafa Local Government Area of Borno, Mr Umar Ibrahim, has been sentenced to two years with a fine of N1m on the charge of criminal misappropriation and two years in prison for conspiracy.

Mr Ibrahim was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alongside Zangebe and Modu Bulama, for allegedly diverting about 180 bags of rice donated by Danish Refugee Council (DRC), a Non-Governmental Organization, for victims of insurgency in Mafa Local Government.

They were brought before Justice F. Umaru of the State High Court Maiduguri on a 4-count charge bordering on conspiracy to sell and misappropriate the proceeds of rice meant for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in council.

“The EFCC proved its case beyond reasonable doubt as there was an agreement to do illegal act. The convicts conspired to do illegal act to sell rice meant for the IDPs,” Justice Umar held in his judgment.

Also, the N50,000 recovered from the agents that sold the rice was ordered forfeited to the Borno State Government.

The offence, according to the EFCC, the offence was committed sometime in November, 2016 at Maiduguri, Borno State.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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