Professor of Agriculture, Benjamin Ogunmodede Jailed For Stealing
A Federal High Court in Ibadan, Oyo State has jailed a Professor of Agriculture, Benjamin Ogunmodede for 40 years over 16 count charge of stealing, conspiracy and unlawful conversion of funds.
Ogunmodede was the former Director-General of IART, Apata, Ibadan and was arraigned alongside two other people, Zacchaeus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement who were chief accountant and employee of the institution.
They committed the offence by stealing the school subvention and other things in 2011.
Justice Ayo Emmanuel sentenced the accused to four years per charge.
The 40 years’ imprisonment, which will run concurrently, according to the judge had no option of fine as the two other former staff also got the same sentence.
According to the court, the convicts did not follow due process in the appropriation of the funds. Though the convicts told the court that they spent some of the funds as bribes to members of the House of Representatives.
The convicts were said to have diverted over N177 million from the N600million received as subvention from the Federal Government to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects.
Addressing reporters after the judgment, the leading counsel to the law enforcement agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nkereuwem Anana, said the judgment was an indication that the fight against corruption was on.