Proprietress of Dala Standard Secondary School, Maiduguri, Josephine Udeh, who converted a total sum of N5,059,000 she collected from 284 students of her school as WAEC registration fees to personal use, has been jailed.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured Udeh’s conviction as Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, found her guilty of one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N5,059,000..
At the resumed hearing, yesterday, prosecution counsel, Benjamin Manji, prayed the court to substitute an earlier charge filed on April 9 with an amended charge of the day, July 31. Udeh pleaded guilty to the amended charge in line with the plea bargain agreement she opted for.
Following her guilty plea, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to convict her as charged. However, the defence counsel, B. G. Sanda, prayed for leniency and urged the court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant had already re-paid the misappropriated sum. Consequently, Justice Kumaliya pronounced her guilty as charged with a fine of N150,000 and to spend one year in prison custody in default of the payment of the fine.