In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, June, 2020

Borno Director Jailed For Six Months For Obstruction Of Justice

Borno Director Jailed For Six Months For Obstruction Of Justice

The Assistant Director in Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and Pure Assets, Usman Abaji, has been sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for obstruction of justice.

Abaji

Usman Abaji

Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State Excessive Courtroom, on Monday, June 22, 2020, convicted and sentenced Usman Abaji to 6 months imprisonment with N600, 000 possibility of advantageous.

Abaji was prosecuted by the Maiduguri Zonal Workplace of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC on one- rely cost of willful obstruction of the Fee to train its powers to research and prosecute in a matter involving one Ibrahim Goni Bama, opposite to Part 38 (2) of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (Institution) Act.

EFCC arrested the stated Bama primarily based on investigations that linked him with monetary crimes however needed to launch him on administrative bail to Abaji, who stood as a surety for him. Upon realizing that Bama has absconded, the Fee alerted Abaji, his surety, however he failed to supply Bama.

The one-count cost in opposition to the Abaji learn: “That you simply, Usman Abaji of Ministry of Agriculture and Pure Assets, Borno State, someday in October, 2019 at Maiduguri, Borno State inside the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom, did willfully impede the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) in train of its energy to research/prosecute Ibrahim Goni Bama by coming into a bond for the sum of N25 million to supply him earlier than the EFCC at each date he’s required till the six instances in opposition to him are lastly disposed of; which you failed to take action when referred to as upon by the EFCC.

“You thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 38(2) of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, (Institution) Act 2004 and punishable below part 38(2)(b) of the identical Act.”

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Abaji pleaded responsible to the cost.

In his ruling, Justice Kumaliya discovered Abaji responsible as charged and sentenced him to six-month imprisonment with N600, 000 possibility of advantageous.

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