Ex- NDDC commissioner jailed 3years for stealing transformers




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A former representing Akwa Ibom the board of the agency, Niger Development Commission, NDDC, Godwin Moffat Eyo, was , convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment by an Akwa Ibom High for stealing 56 transformers meant for oil producing communities in the .
The convict, who was prosecuted by the and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a 56-count charge that stealing and conversion of 56 electricity transformers released to him by NDDC for distribution to communities in Akwa Ibom State, was found guilty 37 of those counts by Justice Idongesit Ntem B. Isua and sentenced to three years imprisonment on each of the counts. He was, however, discharged and acquitted on 19 counts. The sentences are to run concurrently.
According to a statement by the head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren,the convict was said to have applied for 90 electricity transformers and four generators from NDDC for Akwa Ibom State sometime in February, 2006. Approval was given for 70 transformers but he diverted same to his house in Eket on the pretext that there was no space to accommodate the newly issued 70 units of transformers at the NDDC office in Uyo. He, thereafter, sent only 14 units to NDDC office in Uyo while he withheld 56 units which he could not account for till date.

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The 56 transformers are valued at Two Hundred and Twenty , One hundred and Seventy Six thousand, Three hundred and Twenty (N220, 176, 320).
One of the counts read, “That you Godwin Moffat Eyo being a former Akwa Ibom State representative on the Board of the Niger Development Commission (NDDC) on or about 14th April, 2006 at Uyo in the Uyo Judicial Division did fraudulently steal a 300 KVA/33/0.415 Transformer Serial No. 1712496 valued at Four , Eighteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty  (N4,018,560.00), property of NDDC and thereby committed an offence of stealing contrary to Section 399 and punishable under Section 404 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38, Volume 2, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000”.