BORNO, Nigeria – The State High Court sitting in Maiduguri has convicted and sentenced Allen Abel to a cumulative term of 125 years in prison.
He was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining food items valued at N12,879,800.
The convict had claimed that he was executing a Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs’ School Feeding contract.
The feeding programme is under the Social Intervention Programme (SIP) of the Federal Government.
Abel was first arraigned before Justice Aisha Kumaliya on Thursday, July 2, 2020, alongside Suleiman Adamu, Usman Adamu and Kingsley Madubuagu by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They faced a 20-count charge that bordered on forgery, possession of false documents, impersonation and obtaining by false pretence.
The offences were contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
Abel pleaded guilty to all charges upon arraignment.
Delivering judgement, Justice Kumaliya sentenced him to 7 years imprisonment each on counts 1 to 6, and 9 without an option of fine.
Abel got 5 years imprisonment each on counts 7, 8 and 11-20, respectively, without an option of fine.
All sentences are to run consecutively.
The convict is to restitute N12,110,000 to Lele Foresight Construction Company and N769,800 to HIE Global Investment Limited.