Prison official sent to jail after spending $ 1.2 million of salary mistakenly paid to her in Ondo
Ondo State Judge jailed Nigerian Correctional Service Officer Caroline Abimbola of Opadule after he refused to tell her about the overpaid money.
Chief Justice Akure found the officer guilty of fraudulently forging a receipt for property.
The Commission on Independent Corruption and Other Related Crimes, ICPC, filed a lawsuit against Abimbola in 2020.
The officer pleaded not guilty to charges against her, allegedly receiving a fake property receipt, giving false testimony at a government office, and using his office to bribe her.
Pursuant to sections 13, 25 and 19 of the Bribery and Related Crimes Act 2000.
The prosecution team, ICPC, explained how in 2021, Abimbola, who was still an officer in the then Nigerian Prison Service, received overpaid salaries of NN 1 million several times in 2012.
However, she did not report the overpayment of her salary and gave false testimony to the ICPC when she was interrogated.
High Court Judge Olabode Adegbengbe 5 sentenced Abimbola to a fine of NZ $ 100,000 in lieu of imprisonment.
Abimbola was also instructed to pay N900,000 to the ICPC rebuilding account within three months and to take bail in order to behave appropriately in the future.