By Austin Ajayi, Yola
A high court sitting in Yola Adamawa state capital has sentenced a Bishop, Jingal Mayo to a five years jail term without an option of fine.
The court presided over by Justice Nathan Musa in his judgment which lasted over an hour found the accused guilt of the two count charge brought against the Bishop by the Independent Corrupt Practice commission.
The ICPC charged the Bishop on a three count charge, in count one the bishop was charged for making false return to the Adamawa Christian pregrilm board an offence contrary to Sec.16 of the ICPC Art 2000.
The court however discharged the accused for want of evidence.
Bishop Mayo was however not lucky has the court found him guilty in counts two and three, in count two the trial said the prosecution was able to prove that the accused fraudulently enriched himself by diverting the sum of N69m belonging to the Adamawa state Christian Pligrims Board which is contrary to Sec. 25 of the ICPC Art 2000 and he was sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The court also convected the cleric in count three for giving information to ICPC officials and was to six months imprisonment with an option of N50, 000.
It could be recalled that Bishop Jinga Mayo was the Executive Secretary of Adamawa state Pilgrims Board from 2016 to 2018.
A little drama ensured when the trial judge and chief judge of the state, Nathan Musa after sentencing the Bishop Jinga rose but came back and ordered that convict be taken to Jimeta where there is no VIP treatment because according the judge “the convict went on social media making comments that are adverse to him the Judge”