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Civil Servant Who Diverted N66.5m for Cost of Gratuity to Pensioners Jailed (Photograph)

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The convict dedicated the offence between June 2009 and June 2011 when he diverted all the N66.5 million launched by the state authorities for cost of gratuity to retirees.

A former Treasurer with the Anambra State Ministry of Finance, Harmless Ezeonwuka has been jailed.
 
An Anambra State Excessive Courtroom, in Awka, presided over by Justice Arinze Akabua sentenced Ezeonwuka to 11 years imprisonment for defrauding pensioners of N66.5 million.
 
A press release launched by ICPC says Onwuka, who was a Sub-Treasurer with the Ministry, was accused by the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) of diverting monies meant for the cost of gratuities to retired civil servants underneath Aguata Sub-Treasury, Anambra State.
 
The Fee, in a three-count cost, averred that the convict abused his workplace by conferring corrupt benefit on himself when he embezzled N66,520,564.62 meant for paying gratuities of the retired employees of the Aguata Sub-Treasury.
 
Counsel to ICPC, Enosa Omoghibo, informed the courtroom that the convict dedicated the offence between June 2009 and June 2011 when he diverted all the N66.5 million launched by the state authorities for cost of gratuity to retirees.
 
The courtroom heard that the previous Treasurer was posted to Aguata Treasury workplace throughout the interval and in defiance to the lawful directives issued to him by the then Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Finance to pay gratuities of retired civil servants underneath the Aguata Sub Treasury, diverted the monies launched to different functions thereby leaving the affected beneficiaries in need and penury.
 
Justice Akabua, on the conclusion of the trial, discovered Ezeonwuka responsible on all three counts and due to this fact sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment on counts one and two, and one-year imprisonment on counts three. The sentences will run concurrently, the courtroom dominated.
 

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