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Justice At Last!!! Ex-Top Government Official Bags Jail Terms Over Bribes Running Into Over Hundred Million

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A retired Air Vice Marshal, Tony Omenyi, has been convicted by a High Court of the crimes he was accused of committing.
The Federal High Court on Thursday sentenced to seven years imprisonment a retired Air Vice Marshal, Tony Omenyi, on money laundering charges involving the sum of N136m which he was said to have received from a contractor with the Nigerian Air Force, while he was a public officer, The Punch reports.
The convict, a former Managing Director of Aeronautical Engineering and Technical Services Limited, a subsidiary company of NAF, received the money as kickbacks or bribe from SkyExperts Nigeria Limited, in 2014.
 
Delivering judgment on the three counts preferred against the convict, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each of the three counts but ruled that the sentences should run concurrently.
The judge also ordered that the company, Huzee Nigeria Limited, through which the convict was said to have received the sum of N136m from the contractor, SkyExperts Nigeria Limited, be wound up by the Federal Government.
 
The court also ordered that the sum of N62m already recovered from the convicts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission be forfeited to the Federal Government.
 
In another development, the Executive Secretary of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Jinga Mayo, has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for embezzling funds meant for the committee members of the Adamawa State Christian Pilgrims Board.
 
A statement by the spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, said Mayo was arraigned before Justice Nathan Musa of the High Court 1 in Yola on three counts bordering on stealing.
He was charged for making a false claim on the sum of N69.2m he received to pay the committee members for the 2016 pilgrimage to Israel.
 
The ICPC said while Mayo did not pay the money to the committee members, he allegedly returned duly signed payment vouchers and acknowledgement receipts supposedly by each member of the committee.
 
The commission said the action was contrary to and punishable under Section 16 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
 
The statement read in part, “The accused was also charged for conferring corrupt advantage upon himself contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and also for making a false statement to an officer of the ICPC contrary to Section 25 (1) (a) and punishable under Section 25 (1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”
The statement said Mayo pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the commission, while the prosecuting lawyer, Anas Kolo, prayed the court to fix a date for the trial.
 
Mayo’s lawyer, J. E. Owe, informed the court that he had filed an application for bail, which was granted by the court in the sum of N30m with one surety, who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
 
The court adjourned the case till March 5 and 6, 2019, for the commencement of trial.
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