Alleged N54.3m fraud: Court fixes March 2 for ex-NEMA Director’s case

Alleged N54.3m fraud: Court fixes March 2 for ex-NEMA Director’s case


An FCT High Court Maitama, on Thursday, fixed March 2 for further hearing; in the trial of a Deputy Director with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), John Umesi, over alleged N54.3 million fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on October 3 re-arraigned Umesi before Justice Jude Okeke; on an amended 10-count charge; bordering on misappropriation of N54.3 million belonging to the agency.

He was alleged to have used his position while acting as Director, Special Duties on Dec. 2014; to confer unfair advantage to himself; when he received N12.8 million belonging to NEMA; and credited same in his personal account with Keystone Bank.

EFCC averred that the defendant earned N309, 575.34 as interest from the alleged illegal transaction and thereby committed an offence under Section 19 of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.


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The anti-graft body also alleged that Umesi top official had in February, 2013; while serving as a Deputy Director in charge of South-South zone dishonestly converted N7, 5000, 000 entrusted with him by NEMA.

EFCC further alleged that in March, 2012, Umesi further dishonestly converted N17, 940, 000; meant for NEMA’s operations to his own personal use.

He was also alleged to have in October, 2013 fraudulently converted the sum of N16, 152, 000; belonging to NEMA for his own use.

1st News reports that the adjournment was at the instance of the prosecution.

More so, recall that the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him and the court directed to continue to enjoy the N50 million bail he was earlier admitted to.

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