Bribery: Appeal Court Affirms 12-Year Jail Term For Ex-Kwara Poly Chairman

Bribery: Appeal Court Affirms 12-Year Jail Term For Ex-Kwara Poly Chairman

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The former chairman of the Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin Dr. Alanamu, who in 2017 was nominated to serve on the board of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Dr Saad Alanamu, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for accepting a bribe.

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A statement from the ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the Chief Executive Director of Namylas Nig. Ltd, Salman Sulaiman, was also sentenced to 12 years in prison for a similar offence. The statement added that Alanamu was not considered for the ICPC board position because of allegation of corruption which the commission was investigating at the time. He was charged to court by the commission for collecting N5m kickback from Sulaiman who is a contractor and his friend.

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“Having considered the totality of evidence adduced by the prosecution in the course of the trial, and recognising that it had discharged the burden of proof placed upon it by law beyond reasonable doubt, the trial judge in his ruling found Dr Alanamu guilty and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on counts 2 and 3, and five years with hard labour on counts 1, 4, and 5, without an option of fine. He was also ordered to pay the sum of N25m pursuant to Section 20 of the ICPC law.”

APPEAL COURT TRIAL

The Court of Appeal in Ilorin has upheld the judgment of a  Kwara State High Court sentencing a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Kwara State Polytechnic, Saadu Alanamu,  to 12 years in prison.

A statement on Wednesday by spokeswoman for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said Alanamu was nominated for the  ICPC board in 2017 but was later dropped following allegations of corruption.

The statement said he had earlier been found guilty of collecting a N5m bribe from a contractor friend of his, Salman Sulaiman, as a reward for the award of a contract to his (Sulaiman) company.

Okoduwa said, “Dissatisfied with the sentence, the former Governing Council chairman approached the appellate court, urging it to quash the judgment of the trial court.

APPEAL COURT JUDGEMENT

“Having listened to the arguments from both the prosecution and the defence counsel, the Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of the lower court and dismissed Alanamu’s appeal for lack of merit.”

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