A Bauchi State High Court has sentenced Mr. Soyemi Lateef, to nine years imprisonment for misleading the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) into paying N586, 004.38 to a non-pensioner, Mr. Saliu Oba Amao.
In statement signed by the spokesperson for the commission, Mrs.A�A�R. A. Okoduwa, the court also sentenced Amao to nine years in jail, for providing fake bank details in the name of Ishaku Dass, to PTAD for the purpose of misleading the agency into paying him pension benefits.
Lateef, an Administration Officer with the Bauchi State Police Pension Office, was charged alongside his accomplice, Amao, before Justice S. H. Suleiman of Bauchi State High Court 7, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The Commission, in a 6-count charge, told the court that the convicts conspired to steal pension money between November and December 2013, when Lateef inserted Amaoa��s name as Ishaku Dass in the list of retirees meant to be paid by PTAD in return for an undisclosed favour, an action that contravened Section 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 25 (1) (b) of the same act.
Counsel to Lateef and Amao pleaded with the court to show them mercy on the grounds that they were first-time offenders and had cooperated fully with the prosecution.
Justice Suleiman, in his judgement, found them guilty on all the counts and therefore sentenced them to one year and six months on each count which will run concurrently without an option of fine.
Meanwhile, in a telephone interview yesterday, Mr. Emma Okondo, the spokesperson for PTAD also confirmed the story, adding that the affected persons were jailed for their fraudulent act.