A former Local Government Area (LGA) chairman in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, has been sentenced to one year imprisonment for making false claims to an investigator.
Alhassan Yahaya Bagudu, who was the former chairman of Kaiama Local Government Area in Kwara State, was sentenced by Justice M. AbdulGarfa of the High Court sitting in the State.
TheFact Nigeria learns that Bagudu was charged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on a 2-count charge bordering on making false statements to an investigator of the Commission.
During the trial, ICPC Counsel, Peace Arocha and Golden Iwuagwu told the court how the former Local Government Chairman had purchased a used Toyota Prado Jeep for his official use at the sum of Thirteen Million Naira (N13,000,000) whereas the approval was for a brand new jeep.
Bagudu, it was learnt, claimed that the jeep was purchased by Quadrish Motors, which was a false claim made to a constituted authority, and a contravention of Section 25 (1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Section.
Bagudu had pleaded not guilty when the charge was first read to him which set the tone for the trial.
The trial judge found Bagudu guilty on count 2 and sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option of fine of N100,000.