The Chief Security Officer, CSO, of Delta State Polytechnic, Peter Obonyamo, has been sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for bribery by a Delta State High Court sitting in Warri.
The security man was dragged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, for demanding the sum of N150,000 as gratification from a contractor with the Polytechnic.
In a sting operation by the ICPC, the contractor agreed to pay the sum of N100,000 to the CSO and he was arted as soon as he accepted the money which unknown to him had been marked.
Delivering judgement, Justice Briki-Okolosi held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt in counts 1,3,4,6 and 11 of the charge while he struck out counts 2 and 5 for duplication.
The court further held that counts 8, 9 and 10 were not proven beyond reasonable doubt.
However, the court sentenced the convict to 7 years imprisonment on each of counts 1, 3, 4 and 6 with an option of N20, 000 fine on each count.
The court also sentenced the convict to 5 years imprisonment without an option of fine on count 11.
The accused person was therefore sentenced to a total of 33 years imprisonment but would only spend 7 years in prison as the terms are to run concurrently.
After the judgement, the convict was whisked off to Warri Prison to start his sentence.