EFCC re-arrests ex-director convicted for N32.8bn pension fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has re-arrested a former Assistant Director in the Federal Civil Service, John Yusuf, convicted for N32.8 billion pension fraud.

Yusuf had been on the run since the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, sentenced him to six years imprisonment and imposed a fine of N22.9bn on him for conniving with five other suspects to steal N32.8bn police pension fund in 2018.

Following his re-arrest, Justice Baba Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Monday issued a remand order for him to serve his six years jail term in the Kuje custodial facility, Abuja.

This was contained in a statement by the Head, Media, and Publicity, EFCC, Dele Oyewale.

Yusuf was initially convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with an option of N750, 000 fine by an FCT High Court presided over by Justice Abubakar Talba, in a plea-bargain arrangement.

The conviction, considered to be a slap on the wrist, sparked national outrage.

Dissatisfied with the judgment, the EFCC approached the appellate court to set aside the judgment.

Ruling on the substantive matter, the Justices of the Court of Appeal held unanimously that the three counts involving Yusuf clearly stated the amounts he converted for his personal use.

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