Hounorable Justice Azinge of Delta State High Court of Justice, has sentenced to Eight years,(8), in improsonment without option of fine, one Mr James Orji Ihejerika, for an offence of 12.5million Fraud he committed in 2012.
Mr James Ihejirika, an accountant and a staff of the Joint Admission Matriculation, JAMB, Board, Asaba Delta State office, was arraigned and charged on two count charges by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences, ICPC in charge of Edo and Delta States.
The culprit, Mr Ihejirika, was said to have converted to his private possession and failed to remit the proceeds into his Office Account on April 2012, JAMB E- FACILITY CARDS, a Consignment he received from Awka, in Anambra state Jamb Office, worth Twelve Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira.
The two count charges, Using office to confer corrupt advantage upon self and Stealing, are contrary to and punishable under section 19 of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences act 2000 and Contrary to section 390(5) of the criminal code act cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 respectively.
However, before he eas sentenced, the culprit had claimed that, he was swindled which he couldn’t give account of.
He had also alleged that, strange snake swallowed the wooping sum as part of his defence mechanism which was rebuffed by the Presiding judge.
The continued reoccurring decimal in Public offices of monies swallowed and perhaps developing wings had led to several call by the government of President Mohammadu Buhari to rising arrests of High profiled stakeholders and probe into government account which led to discoveries of Corrupt Practices within their confines
Recall that, two years ago, a mystery snake was said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and swallowed N36 million cash.
A team of auditors was dispatched to different state offices of JAMB to take inventory of the sold and unsold scratch cards and recover whatever money that might have either been generated or mismanaged during the period of the sale of scratch cards.
On their visit to Makurdi office of JAMB, a sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.
The case was prosecuted by the state Commissioner, Barrister Yusuf Olatunji, who mandated the legal team of ICPC, led by Mrs Iwoba Ogochukwu of the Edo State Office of the Commission.