N32b pension fraud: More outrage over ‘light sentence’

THERE was more outrage yesterday over the “light sentence” given a former deputy director of the Police Pension office who pleaded guilty to fraud. The House of Representatives insisted that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Justice Minister, should “as a metter of urgency” appeal the six-year jail sentence and the option of N750,000 fine given Mr. John Yakubu Yusufu by Justice Abubakar Talba, who admitted to being part of those who stole N32billion pension cash.

The Anti-Corruption Network (ACN), in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the Association of Unemployed Youths of Nigeria (AUYN), organised a protest march to the Supreme Court and the office of the Justice Minister in Abuja. The National Association of Ondo State students also faulted the judgment.

The House of Representatives resolved to amend Section 309 of the Penal Code and Criminal Code to reflect the realities of today. The decision of the lawmakers followed the adoption of a motion under a matter of urgent public importance by the Minority Whip, Samson Osagie (ACN, Edo), who said as responsive lawmakers, the House could not afford to be silent on such a sensitive issue.



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