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JUST IN: S’Court affirms six-year jail term for ex-pension director, John Yusuf over N22.9bn fraud

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria, on Wednesday, in Abuja, affirmed the six years imprisonment imposed on a former Federal Director of Pensions (FDP,) Mr John Yakubu Yusuf and also ordered him to refund N22.9b to government covers.

The N22.9b huge sum was part of the police pension fund he admitted before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory FCT to have been misappropriated.

Justice Tijjani Abubakar in a judgment in an appeal filed by Yusuf, upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal which in 2018 sent him to six years imprisonment, in addition to the refund of the huge sum.

The apex court held that Yusuf and others engaging in fraudulent practices must be told through court judgments that it is no longer business as usual.

Justice Abubakar said that the appeal of the former federal pension Director seeking to set aside the six years jail term against him was frivolous, vexatious and devoid of merit.

He further held that victims of the convicted Director deserved restitution which can only be achieved through justice.

Yusuf had dragged the Federal Government before the apex court seeking to overturn the six years imprisonment slammed on him by the Court of Appeal.

The former pensions director, who is serving the six years jail term at the Kuje prison, also asked the Supreme Court to set aside the whopping sum of N22.9 billion naira he was ordered to refund the government by the Court of Appeal in a 2018 judgment.

He was sent to prison in 2018 by the Court of Appeal in Abuja upon being found guilty of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N22.9 billion naira through Police Pensions.

In his appeal lodged with the Supreme Court, he prayed the apex court to set aside his conviction and the order that he should refund N22.9b.

His main grouse is that the the Court of Appeal mis-carried justice in its judgment.

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Promoted Magu already retired ― FG

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Former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, retired before being upgraded to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), this week.

Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, disclosed this while appearing on the ministerial media chat organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The former anti-graft agency boss had been investigated by a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami which has since submitted its report in which it recommended the retirement of Magu in 2020.

However, the Police Service Commission (PSC) listed his name this week as one of the newly promoted AIGs.

When asked why he was promoted, the minister said it was the responsibility of the PSC, which is under the Presidency. to provide the answer.

But he affirmed that Magu has already retired, noting that being retired will not preclude him from any disciplinary measures should the need arise.

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FCT Police refutes claims of crisis in Lugbe

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In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh, stated that; “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, FCT Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday, has been drawn to a video making the rounds on social media platforms about an incident which is being credited to have happened in Lugbe, FCT Abuja.

“The CP wishes to state categorically that there is no such incident in Lugbe as he is currently on patrol with operatives around the Lugbe-Airport Road axis.

“The CP urges all well-meaning members of the Abuja Community to go about their lawful duties as the police is on its toes to ensure the safety of their lives and property.” The statement assured.

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