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Apex Court affirms six-year jail term for John Yusuf over N22.9bn police pension fraud

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the six years jail term imposed on a former Federal Director of Pensions, John Yakubu Yusuf and also ordered him to refund the sum of N22.9 billion to the Federal Government.

Justice Tijjani Abubakar in a judgment on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by Yusuf, contesting the decision of the Court of Appeal which in 2018 sent him to six years imprisonment.

In 2020, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) rearrested John Yusuf who has been on the run since 2018 after a Court of Appeal in Abuja sentenced him to six years imprisonment and a fine of N22.9billion,  for conniving with five other suspects to steal N32.8billion Police Pension Fund. 

That was after a January 2013 judgment was contested by the EFCC which slammed Mr. Yakubu two year’s imprisonment with an option of N750,000 fine. 

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Justice Tijjani Abubakar held that the former pension boss and others engaging in fraudulent practices must be told through court judgments that it is no longer business as usual.

The judge said that the appeal of the former federal pension Director seeking to set aside the six years jail term against him was frivolous, vexatious and devoid of merit.

He further held that victims of the convicted Director deserved restitution which can only be achieved through justice.

Yusuf had dragged the Federal Government before the Supreme Court, seeking to set aside the six years imprisonment slammed on him by the Court of Appeal.

The former pensions director, who is serving the six years jail term at the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja, also asked the Supreme Court to set aside the sum of N22.9 billion he was ordered to refund to the Federal Government by the Court of Appeal in the 2018 judgment.

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