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Fraud: Head Of Service Ex Accountant Bags 21yrs Imprisonment

A former accountant in the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Garba Abdullahi Tahir, has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for stealing N26.1 million meant for pensioners.

He was convicted and sentenced by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Abdullahi on an amended seven-count charge of money laundering.

The EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the development in a statement in Abuja, said the offence contravened Section 14(1)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and was punishable under section 14(1) of the same Act.

He said: “The judge sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment on each of the seven counts. The sentences are however to run concurrently, from April 3, 2023.

“The case is a part of the billion naira pension fraud in the Office of the Head of Service of Federation, for which a number of civil servants were investigated over 10 years ago, and charged to court by the EFCC.”

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