A former local government chairman in Ogun State, Gboyega Bakre, along with his administrative officer, Mohammed Adeyemi Oke, have been jailed six months without an option of fine for misappropriating millions meant for the security of the community.
The accused persons were alleged to have collected the sum of N4 million weekly from the month of September, 2005 to February, 2006 for the upkeep of mobile policemen drafted to restore peace to two communities involved in communal crisis within the Waterside local government area of the state.
Investigations revealed that the policemen drafted to contain the crisis were taken care of by the Nigeria Police Force, Ogun State Command and that the convicted persons merely used the crisis as a means to siphon public funds for their private use.
Accordingly, they were charged jointly by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, on six counts charge of conspiracy to confer corrupt advantage upon a public officer contrary to Section 26 (1) (c) and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Oke was charged separately on six counts for conferring corrupt advantage upon himself contrary to Section 19 of the Act and equally charged on three counts for furnishing false returns contrary to Section 16 of the Act.
The court convicted the accused on all the counts of the charge and sentenced them to six months imprisonment on each of the counts without option of fine. However, the sentence is to run concurrently.