A former Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, commissioner representing Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Godwin Moffat has been sentenced to three years imprisonment by the state High Court for stealing 56 transformers worth N220, 176, 320 meant for oil producing communities in the state.
Pastor Moffat, who was arraigned on a 56-count charge bordering on stealing and conversion of 56 electricity transformers filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was said to have applied for 90 electricity transformers and four generators from NDDC for some communities in Akwa Ibom State in February 2006.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Idongesit Ntem B. Isua found Pastor Moffat guilty on 37 out of the 56 count charges and was sentenced to three years imprisonment on each of the counts.
He was discharged and acquitted on 19 counts and the sentence is to run concurrently.
NDDC approved 70 transformers but he sidetracked the transformers to his house in Eket with reasons that there was not enough space at the NDDC office in Uyo to accommodate the transformers.
He thereafter sent only 14 units of the transformer to the NDDC office in Uyo while he withheld 56 units which he could not account for.
One of the count read: “That you, Pastor Godwin Moffat Eyo, being a former Akwa Ibom State representative on the Board of the NDDC on or about 14thApril, 2006, at Uyo in the Uyo Judicial Division, did fraudulently steal a 300 KVA/33/0.415 transformer with serial No. 1712496 valued at N4,018,560.00 (four million, eighteen thousand, five hundred and sixty naira), 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”.


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