Maritime Former Employee Sentenced To 110-years In Prison For N22m Fraud

A former employee of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Charles Afaha, has been sentenced to 110 years in prison for fraud by the Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

This was made known in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Friday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Afaha was arrested following a petition from the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, alleging fraud and misappropriation of public funds.

Afaha was arraigned on October 13, 2018, by the Uyo Zonal Command of the commission on an 11 counts bordering on forgery. However, he pleaded not guilty.

Delivering judgement via Zoom, Justice Okeke said, “The prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt the offence of forgery against the defendant in all the counts.”

Afaha was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on each count without an option of fine, starting on the date of arrest. The sentence runs concurrently.

The court also ordered that the convict pay back the sum of N22,848,450. to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria as a condition for his release upon completion of his time in the prison.

Credit: Punch

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