The Enugu zonal office of the EFCC secured the conviction of a pension fraudster identified as Akpudili Christian Anayo before Justice K.I Okpe of the Enugu State High.
Anayo was convicted on six-count charge bordering on forgery, impersonation, conspiracy and stealing of the sum of N13, 000, 000 (Thirteen Million Naira).
The convict, Christian Anayo pleaded guilty of the charges preferred against him when he was arraigned before Justice K.I Okpe on Tuesday, April 9th.
After going through the charges against him, Justice Okpe of the Enugu state High court found him guilty of all the charges preferred against him.
The Court, meanwhile, convicted Anayo and adjourned till May 13, 2019 for his sentencing.
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Anayo’s problem with the court began when the complainant, Enugu State government, alleged that on May 3, 2017, the Enugu State EXCO had directed that May, June and July 2017 pensions /salaries of the state pensioners and three other agencies of the state government be paid by cheques after they have been physically verified.
However, when the verification exercise was ended, it was discovered that the convict who was an Ad-hoc staff for the verification exercise, in charge of the system computing the names of the verified civil servants in the state, conspired and used the bank accounts of three fake pensioners identified respectively as Ngene Patrick Somtochukwu, Ani Ifeyinwa and Patience Christian Chimezie, domiciled in Fidelity, Stanbic IBTC and First Banks plc respectively to diverts funds meant for the pension and salaries of the civil servants in the 17 local government area of Enugu State.
One of the counts reads that:
“Akpudili Christian Anayo sometime in June 2017, at Enugu State within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Enugu State stole the sum of (N5,034,435) Five Million Thirty Four Thousand, Four Hundred And Thirty Five Naira only, through Christian Chimezie Patience, Fidelity bank account number 6171072108, property of the Enugu State government pension Board and you thereby committed an offence stealing contrary to Section 342 of the Criminal Code Law of the Enugu State, Cap.30, Revised Laws of Enugu State, 2004 and punishable under Section 353 of the same Law”.