Fraud: Ex-GM of Maiduguri Flour Mill sentenced to 28 years in prison

The Court of Appeal sitting in Gombe on Friday sentenced former Managing Director, Maiduguri Flour Mills, Ma’aji Shettima Arfo to 28 years in prison for embezzling N86.1 million belonging to the Borno State Government and flour mills in Nigeria. The court, in a unanimous judgment, found Arfo guilty on four of the six charges against him and upheld the lower court’s judgment.

Arfo has been indicted on six counts by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offenses Commission (ICPC)/for offenses bordering on abuse of power and conferring an improper advantage on himself.

It should be recalled that Judge Haruna Mshellia of the Borno State High Court 3 , sitting in Maiduguri, had previously sentenced former chief executive Ma’aji Arfo to 28 years in prison for giving himself up to contract fraud of 86.1 million naira, where he appealed the judgement.

According to the prosecution, Arfo, while acting as general manager of the flour mill, between 2014 and 2020, engaged in multiple frauds in breach of sections 12 and 19 of the Practices Act 2000 corruption and other related offences, punishable under the relevant articles. of the same law.

The Court found the former managing director guilty of awarding several contracts to Falkwat Multilinks Limited, a private company of which he was a director, to supply diesel and maize to Maiduguri Flour Mills. ICPC lawyer Anas Mohammed Kolo told the court that in October 2015 the convict awarded a N4.9 million contract to Falkwat Multilinks Limited to supply 40,000 liters of diesel to the flour mill . contracts between 2016 and 2017 with his private company to supply maize to Maiduguri Flour Mills Limited.

The ICPC lawyer also argued that he authorized payments of 42.1 million naira to his company in July 2016 for the supply of 386.45 metric tons of maize and an additional 23 million naira to the same company in March 2016 to supply 306.94 metric tons of flour corn. mills.

The ICPC, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, and made available to reporters in Maiduguri, said it was convicted of another offense when it approved the payment of 16 million naira to Falkwat Multilinks to supply 217.45 metric tons of maize.


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