A High Court sitting in Yobe has sentenced the state’s Auditor-General, Idris Yahaya, to five years in prison over N19,900,000 fraud.
Yahaya was found guilty on a one-count charge of criminal misappropriation.
On November 9, 2022, the auditor general was arraigned but he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a statement on Monday, said the Auditor General received funds for the purchase of an official vehicle, a Toyota Corolla model 2015, and diverted part of the money to his personal use.
“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 personal 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 misappropriate the gross sum of N10,100,000.00 (Ten Million, One Hundred Thousand Naira) only,” the charge sheet reads.
In his judgement, the trial judge, Muhammad Lawan, held that the prosecution successfully proved its case and the defendant was convicted as charged.
He consequently sentenced him to five years imprisonment with an option of fine.
The judge directed the convicted Auditor General to pay the sum of N10,100,000 in restitution to the Yobe State Government through the EFCC or serve additional two years in prison.