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Court sentenced PDP bigwigs over N142 million election bribe scam

The Federal High Court in Bauchi, Bauchi State, has convicted two bigwigs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for conspiracy and money laundering involving N142 million.

Saleh Gamawa and Aminu Gadiya were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for receiving the total of N142,460,000 in cash to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections in Bauchi State, according to a statement by the anti-corruption agency on Saturday.

The two men, who were members of the Finance and Funds Disbursement Committee of the PDP for the 2015 general elections, accepted the cash payment in excess of the threshold provided by law, EFCC added.

The judge, Hassan Dikko, handed down his judgement on 2 March, convicting and sentencing them to jail with an option of fine, EFCC’s statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said.

The court consequently sentenced the two defendants to two years’ imprisonment at the Bauchi Correction Service or a fine of N3 million each in lieu of imprisonment on count 1.

It went further to sentence the second defendant to two years’ imprisonment with an option of N3 million in lieu of imprisonment on count 2.

The sentences are to run concurrently from 2 March.

The defendants were first arraigned on 4 June 2018 and re-arraigned on 16 October 2018 on two charges of money laundering.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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