Nigeria’s foremost anti-corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) secured another victory in its anti-graft war with the successful prosecution and conviction of Mr. Abdulkadir Mohammed Salihu, former Sales Assistant of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Kaduna Depot.
The commission’s latest success story was disclosed on its official twitter handle. The commission, through its Kaduna Zonal Office, had arraigned Mr. Salihu before the Federal High Court in Kaduna State headed by Justice Z. B. Abubakar on a three-count charge of fraud to the tune of N6 billion.
Mr. Salihu pleaded guilty to the three-count charge that was read to him, following which EFCC prosecution lawyer, Deborah Ademu-Eteh, proceeded to request for commensurate sentencing.
The convict, Mr. Salihu was in charge of loading manifest at the Kaduna Depot of the NNPC. He was arrested due to several petitions written to the commission about his shady practices at the depot which were confirmed upon investigation by the commission. It was discovered that he collaborated with some petroleum marketers to steal products from the NNPC depot in Kaduna State to the tune of N6 billion.
The Acting Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Tony Orilade, said investigation revealed that he was part of the cartel behind multiple loading of petroleum products and he committed the fraud between 2009 and 2017 at Kaduna Deport without corresponding payments.
*** Amechi Idumuebor