Court Jails Civil Servant Six Years over Double Salary

A Niger State High Court sitting in Minna has sentenced Mr. Lawal Idris Abdullahi to six years imprisonment for fraudulently receiving monthly emolument from two Federal Government agencies.

Mr. Abdullahi was charged before the acting Chief Judge of Niger State, Justice Maria Sanda Zukogi, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a six-count charge bordering on making false statements to public officers, thereby contravening Sections 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and 122 of the Nigerian Penal Code and punishable under the same sections.

The Commission had dragged the civil servant to court after receiving a petition on his fraudulent and dishonest activities from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) where he was working and drawing a salary and at the same time drawing another monthly salary from the Federal Inspectorate Service, Minna, an agency under the Federal Ministry of Education.

Justice Zukogi upon conclusion of the trial, found Abdullahi guilty of all the charges brought against him and therefore sentenced him to one year imprisonment for each of the counts cumulating to six years, which will, run consecutively.