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Court sentences NEPZA staff to 3yrs imprisonment for fraud

By Esther Kalu

A Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar has sentenced  a staff of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Dasel Nanjwan to three years imprisonment for  N342 Million Contract Fraud.

Nanjwan was sentenced by the court for holding private interest in the contract regarding the replacement of warehouses and factories at the Calabar Free Trade Zone which he never did.

 

The conviction of the NEPZA staff was contained in the statement made available to newsmen by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Monday.
Before the judgement, a High Court in Calabar, Cross Rivers State had discharged and acquitted the convicted engineer of all charges.
After the judgement delivered by Justice Emily Ibok, barely two years ago, ICPC approached the appeal court which handed  three years imprisonment to Nanjwan.
As gathered, the staff was said to be a Member of the Technical Committee on the side of Federal Government in a negotiation with General Electric (GE) Africa, on investments in the Calabar Free Trade Zone as well as the owner and sole signatory to the account of Kwop-ri Services, the Company that won the contract.
Prior to his sentence, the alleged fraudster was initially arraigned by the ICPC,  before a Calabar High Court presided over by Justice Emily Ibok on a five – count charge which included knowingly holding private interest in a N342 Million contract connected with an office which he is employed, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

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