A tribunal of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has convicted 5 administrators of the Rural Electricity Agency (REA) for their involvement in an exceedingly contract scam resulting in the award of a N5.2bn rural electrification project.
Those guilty by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Jabi division of the court are: former director of REA Samuel Ibi Gekpe, former director, Simon Kirdi Nanle, A comptroller in REA, Kayode Orekoya, director of projects, Abdusamad Garba Hahun, assistant director, and Kayode Oyedeji, head of legal department.
Meantime, the court has clean-handed a former permanent secretary within the Ministry of Power, Dr. Abdullahi Aliyu, of any wrongdoing within the aforementioned N5.2bn allegation levelled against him and therefore the administrators.
The convicts were found guilty of all sixty five counts most popular against them by the EFCC.
Aliyu and therefore the 5 administrators were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over an allegation that they defrauded the FG of N2.5bn.
Specifically, the defendants were charged to court for criminal breach of trust, that they perpetrated by award contract for grid extension and star electricity from the amended 2008 budget of the REA.
The court had upheld the “no-case” submission lodged by Aliyu on attractiveness and he was afterward discharged and clean-handed.
In a judgement on friday, Justice Banjoko unemployed the appliance of Gekpe, the primary litigator, that had challenged the jurisdiction of the court to listen to the charge.
On the substantive charge, the court noted that the prosecution had established by approach of proof all ingredients of the offences levelled against the defendants.