Court of Law

15.03.2023 Featured Laseberry Anyanwu, Ex-Imo Commissioner, Sent to 3 Years in Prison for Diverting N180m

Published 15th Mar, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda

Justice K. A Lewanya of the Imo State High Court, Owerri, Imo State, sentenced Prince Laseberry Okafor Anyanwu, an ex-commissioner in Imo State, to three years in prison over corrupt practices.

The court delivered the judgement on Tuesday against the politician who headed the state ministry of transport during the administration of Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of the state.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed this in a statement published on its social media pages on Wednesday, saying the convict would serve his prison term of three years concurrently.

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It explained that the convict was found guilty of diverting public funds to the tune of ₦180 million and using his private company as a pipeline to get phony contracts.

“Justice K. A Lewanya of the Imo State High Court, Owerri, Imo State,on Tuesday, March 14, 2022, convicted and sentenced one Prince Laseberry Okafor Anyanwu, aka Laseberry Okafor, a former commissioner of Transport in the Rochas Okorocha administration of Imo State, to 3 years imprisonment on a four count charge that bordered on abuse of office and fraudulent diversion of N180, 000,000 (One Hundred and Eighty Million Naira only),” the anti-corruption agency said.

“He diverted the said sum from the account of the Imo Transport Company to Oma Oil & Industries Ltd., a company in which he has interest through phony contracts. The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the four counts, setting the stage for the matter to proceed to trial.

“In the course of trial, the prosecution called three witnesses and tendered several documents which were admitted in evidence as Exhibits. At the close of the prosecution’s case, the defendant opened his defence and testified for himself.

“Delivering judgment on March 14, 2023, Justice Lewanya held that the prosecution had proved the case against the defendant, convicted and sentenced him to one year imprisonment each on counts 2, 3, and 4 without option of fine.

The former Imo commissioner

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“The sentence shall run concurrently. The Judge, however, discharged and acquitted him on count one. The Judge further ordered that the One Hundred and Eighty Million Naira (N180,000,000) in the accounts of the defendant, already the subject of an interim forfeiture order, be forfeited to the Imo State Government.”

Published 15th Mar, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda


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