#TrackNigeria An Ikeja Special Offences Court has reserved till Sept. 24, judgment in the case of Clement Illoh, an ex-Federal Permanent Secretary accused of N14.1 million Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) fraud.
Illoh was a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity when he allegedly committed the offences.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo fixed the date after hearing the final written addresses of Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and Mr
U. Onukwe, defence counsel.
Earlier, Oyedepo via a final written address dated May 23, urged the court to convict Illoh on all the counts, claiming that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
He said: “He was reposed with public confidence and trust in the management of our common patrimony.
“My lord, a permanent secretary of a ministry who was aware that the money was meant for his ministry, prevented the transfer of this money to the account of his ministry known to government.
“We asked him if there was any contract between Clement and Bob (Illoh’s private company) and the ministry, he said, ‘No’.
The prosecution counsel submitted that the defendant intented to convert the money.
“He receives salary through an official account. Why didn’t he nominate the account of his ministry or his salary account? Why did he use his private company account?
“We only brought N14 million here (high court). A public servant like him had N646 million in his account.
“There were a lot of people and companies depositing money into the account, and we recovered N600 million.”
Oyedepo said that court’s imposition of a stiff punishment against the alleged offences would teach a lesson.
“There is a difference between the money charged and the amount the prosecution proved.
“It is not true to say that since the money was found in Bob and Clement account, it is a proof of crime, that is the mistake the prosecution made,” he said.
NAN reports that the defendant was arraigned on Oct. 16, 2017, by the EFCC on a three-count charge bordering on stealing by conversion of property to the tune of N14.1 million.
Illoh who, was responsible for supervising numerous programmes including SURE-P, is alleged to have awarded fictitious contracts to himself via his company and friends.
He allegedly diverted SURE-P funds.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 279 (1), (b) and 285 (6) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011No tags for this post.