Judge hearing N169m Delta State Scholarship Fraud Case Transferred
The judge presiding over the N169m Delta State Scholarship fraud case has been transferred out of Asaba to Oleh. Confirming the development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a press statement that the transfer of Justice C. O. Eminifoye of the Delta State High Court means that the case will now have to start de novo October 27.
Justice Emifoniye has presided over the case since March 2015, after the former Executive Secretary of the State Scholarship Board Peter Amromanoh and the Chief Accountant Andrew Boji Nkwor had challenged the jurisdiction of the court and the proof of evidence, stating that it does not disclose the commission of the offence in the charge.
Mr Amromanoh and Mr Nkwor are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy and stealing. The prosecution alleged that Mr Nkwor abused his office and, in connivance with Mr Amromanoh, stole over N36 million meant for the payment of bursary to Delta State students studying in various institutions of higher learning. They are also alleged to have paid bursary to “ghost” students.
One of the counts against them reads: “That you Mr. Peter Amromanoh being the Executive Secretary of Delta State Scholarship Board and Andrew Boji Nkwor being the Chief Accountant of the Delta State Scholarship Board sometime between 2008 to 2012 at Asaba in the Asaba Judicial Division of the High Court of Delta State, stole the sum of N31,720,000.00 being money meant for the payment of Bursary to students of Delta State origin studying in various institutions of higher learning in the 2008 to 2010 sessions by fraudulently paying same to ghost students which you knew, not to be true and thus fraudulently converting the said sum to your own use.”
Justice Emifoniye had, at the last sitting on 1 July 2015, adjourned the case to October 26 and 27, 2015 for further hearing.
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