Two former directors in Presidency jailed 105 years for corruption

Two former directors in Presidency jailed 105 years for corruption

Two former director in the office of the Accountant General of the Federation have been jailed by a Federal High Court to a total of 105 years for official corruption.

The former directors, Mohammed Audu and Yahaya Ayodeji, was charged to court for setting up a private company to corner a N1 billion government contracts.

The contracts are secured from the Economic Reform and Governance Project and Government Integrated Personnel Management Information System.

Both Audu and Ayodeji had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were arraigned on May 26, 2015, thereby setting the stage for their trial.

 In the course of the trial, counsel to the EFCC, Cosmas Ugwu, presented three witnesses and tendered relevant documents against the suspects, which were all admitted in evidence.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu said the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt adding that, as public servants, the convicts abused their offices.

“I am not expected to remove or add anything before me. They (Audu and Ayodeji) took advantage of their offices and did what they did.

“For me, I do what my conscience and the law directs me to do”, the judge ruled.

Justice Halilu in his judgement sentenced Ayodeji to a 35 years jail term, while Audu receives 70 year jail term.

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