Court sentences NDDC staff to 7 years in jail for N4m contract fraud

A federal high court sitting in Port-Harcourt has sentenced a supervisor in the security department of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to seven years imprisonment over N4m contract fraud.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the convict identified as Tarila Ebizimor was convicted for obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N4m (four million naira).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt Zonal Office arraigned the convict on a four-count charge before a federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt.

According to EFCC, the convict was alleged of pretending to be a personal assistant of the managing director of the NDDC and obtaining the sum of N4m from the petitioner on the pretext that he will help facilitate the award of a road construction contract to him.

One of the charges against him reads: “That you Tarila Ebizimor on the 13th day of August, 2013 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honorable court did fraudulently obtain the sum of  N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira), which said sum was paid into your Fidelity Bank account No. 5330259983, by a means of transfer from God’s Grace Haulage Limited on the pretext that you were to facilitate the award of road construction contract from Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a pretext you know to be false and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 1(i)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

Justice A.T Mohammed, the sitting judge of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt ruled that the Tarila Ebizimor be imprisoned for 7 years in prison on Friday, January 17.

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