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  • Updated: February 24, 2024

Appeal Court upholds conviction of Yobe Auditor General following N19.9m fraud

Appeal Court upholds conviction of Yobe Auditor General foll

The Gombe Division of the Court of Appeal confirmed the conviction of Alhaji Idris Yahaya, Yobe State's Auditor General for Local Government.

Yahaya was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by Justice Muhammad Lawu Lawan of the Yobe State High Court on March 13, 2023, after being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission's Maiduguri Zonal Command on a single count of criminal misappropriation totalling N19.9 million.

He was accused of collecting monies from Yobe State's Office of the Auditor General for Local Government and Emirate Affairs to purchase an official vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Corolla, and diverting a portion of the money for personal use.

The lone count reads: “That you, Yahaya Lawal Idris, being the Auditor General for Local Government, Yobe State, between the 20th to 21st day of May 2017 at Damaturu, Yobe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, received the sum of N19,900,000.00 via your account number 1001480930 with account name Alhaji Yahaya Idris domiciled in United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) from the Local Government Audit Account Number 5030030060 domiciled in Fidelity Bank Plc for the purchase of a brand new Toyota Corolla 2015 Model, did dishonestly misappropriated the gross sum of N10,100,000.00 (Ten Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira) only.”

However, Yahaya was displeased with the decision and went to the appellate court, where he raised five grounds for appeal and asked the court to overturn his conviction.

While arguing against the appeal, EFCC counsel Mukhtar Ali requested the court to preserve the lower court's decision and dismiss the appeal on the basis that "the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt".

On Thursday, the three-man panel chaired by Justice A.A B Gumel confirmed Yahaya's conviction, unanimously dismissed the appeal, and so validated the trial court's judgement.

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