A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced George Turnah, a former Special Adviser to the previous Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dan Abia.
Turnah, a Goodluck Jonathan political godson, was given a six-year prison term for defrauding people out of their money along with two other defendants.
Aside from Turnah, two other people have received sentences: Ebis Orubebe and Uzorgor Chidebere.
They were also found guilty of forgery, fund conversion, and money laundering by the presiding judge, Justice A. T. Mohammed.
Their offenses were contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, originally arraigned them in May 2017 and they were re-arraigned on January 25, 2021
They were arraigned on 23 counts bordering on obtaining by false pretence, money laundering and abuse of office to the tune of N2,894,500,000.
EECC confirmed this on Monday through its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren’s statement said, “They were jailed on Thursday, September 7, 2023, having been found guilty of charges preferred against them by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…”