The State High Court in Ibadan, Oyo State, has sentenced one Ogunbanwo Oladele Olayinka to thirty-five months in jail for forgery and making false statement.
Ogunbanwo was arraigned before Justice M.L. Owolabi, on a six-count charge bordering on fraud by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for allegedly forging an appointment letter of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), in which he was offered appointment as Assistant Executive Officer on GL06 step1.
The offence contravenes Section 456 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C38 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
The convict fraudulently used the forged employment letter of NIMC to enroll on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), and had received salaries to the tune of N2,116,070.00 (Two Million, One Hundred and Sixteen Thousand and Seventy Naira) from 2013 to 2015.
The accused was also charged with making false statement, an offence contrary to Section 25(1)(a) and punishable under Section 25(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Justice Owolabi while pronouncing the judgment found the accused guilty on all the charges preferred against him and thereby sentenced him to thirty-five months imprisonment without an option of fine.
The trial judge also ordered him to refund the sum N2,116,070.00 (Two Million, One Hundred and Sixteen Thousand and Seventy Naira) he received as salaries from 2013 to September 2015 to the Federal Government.