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Federal High Court Jails Man Who Accused Ex-EFCC Boss, Lamorde of Fraud

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A Federal high court in Abuja, on Monday jailed George Uboh, the man who accused the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, of diverting proceeds of recovered assets.

Uboh was convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by S E Aladetoyinbo, justice of the court.

He was convicted for his role in converting the property of the defunct Police Equipment Foundation to his own use.

He was arraigned by the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust involving the sale of PEF vehicles. The charge reads: “That you, George Uboh, sometime in 2007 in Abuja, the judicial division of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a servant in the employment of the Police Equipment Foundation, and in such capacity entrusted with certain property, to wit: six units of operational vehicles, did commit criminal breach of trust by selling one Toyota Hilux pick-up van through one Egbon Blessing, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 314 of the penal code.

“That you, George Uboh, sometime in 2007 in Abuja, the judicial division of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a servant in the employment of the Police Equipment Foundation, and in such capacity entrusted with certain property, to wit: six units of operational vehicles, did commit criminal breach of trust by selling one Toyota Hilux pick-up vans to Muha Motors, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 314 of the penal code.

“That you, George Uboh, sometime in 2007 in Abuja, the judicial division of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, being a servant in the employment of the Police Equipment Foundation, and in such capacity entrusted with certain property, to wit: six units of operational vehicles, did commit criminal breach of trust by selling two units of Toyota Hilux pick-up vans, and therefore committed an offence punishable under Section 314 of the penal code.”

Uboh, had pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him, claiming that the former national coordinator, PEF, Kenny Martins, gave him some PEF vehicles to offset the debt owed him by the foundation.

However, during cross-examination, he admitted that he did not have any evidence of transfer of ownership of the vehicles from PEF.

“I know the vehicles belong to PEF. But it was to offset the debt owed me. The Hilux pickup vans are four and not five,” Uboh had said.

However, Aladetoyinbo gave Uboh an option of N4m fine.