Joshua Augustine, a former Special Adviser on Revenue Matters to Taraba State authorities has been convicted of a two-count cost bordering on ccriminal breach of belief, misappropriation and conversion of public funds.
The Federal authorities had in 2012 supplied monetary help to the tune of N400 million for the procurement of aid supplies for victims of 2012 flood catastrophe. Two committees have been set as much as which Augustine was appointed to steer one among them. The sum of N214,795,870 was given to the committee, out of which a complete of N5,452,580 was diverted.
He was accused to have between October 20, 2012 and December 29, 2012 as Secretary of the Procurement Sub-Committee ‘A’ Northern and Central Zones, “dishonestly misappropriated the sum ofN4,702,580 out of the whole sum of N214,795,870”.
Augustine was first arraigned earlier than Justice Filibus Andetur of the Taraba State Excessive Court in March 2016. On the finish of the trial the prosecution introduced 5 witnesses and tendered a number of paperwork to show its case in opposition to him.
Find him responsible, Justice Andetur on August 2, 2018 sentenced him to at least one 12 months in jail on rely one with an choice of N100,000 as positive, and 6 months on rely two with an choice of N50,000 as positive to run concurrently.
The trial decide, nevertheless, added that: “In consideration that the convict has made appreciable refund, virtually all, the courtroom suspends the sentence in opposition to the convict with the cost of the excellent steadiness of N300,000 which the convict misappropriated as restitution to authorities and if he does not pay, he goes to jail because the sentence stands”.
In a associated growth, the trial of Abdullahi Mohammed, a businessman arraigned earlier than Justice Filibus Andetur in June 2018 on a nine-count cost of legal breach of belief and forgery has been adjourned to October 30, 2018 because of the incapability of the defence to “good its look”.
Mohammed was entrusted with grains by one Alhaji Jubrin Maida, however allegedly disposed of the gadgets and diverted the cash to non-public use.