Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kebbi Accountant-General, Dakingari, sentenced to 70 years imprisonment for fraud



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Kebbi State Accountant-General, Mohammed Dakingari, has been sentenced to 70 years imprisonment for fraud. The Court of Appeal sitting in Kebbi on Friday found Dakingari guilty of N1.6bn fraud and overruled an earlier judgment of the state High Court which discharged and acquitted him on 20 counts of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence preferred against him and one other by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The court, therefore, sentenced him to seven years imprisonment each on 10 of the counts preferred against him. He, among other things, used his office as the state’s Accountant-General for personal enrichment to the tune of N1.6bn.

Dakingari was charged alongside Musa Yusuf, the Managing Director, Beal Construction Nigeria Limited, company owned by him (Dakingari) and used in award various contracts to himself. Dakingari’s stake in Beal Construction Limited is contrary to civil service regulation which forbids serving officers from owning businesses.

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