Popular Nigerian Senator has been sentenced to jail for corruption.
This online news platform understands that the popular Nigerian Senator who is the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, (YPP), Akwa Ibom State, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissíon (EFCC).
The presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke while delivering her judgment at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Thursday, December 1, 2022, found Senator Akpan guilty of a six-count charge bordering on money laundering and receipt of exotic cars worth two hundred and four million naira (N204m).
During the court proceeding, Defense Counsel Solomon Umoh (SAN) pleaded with the Court for leniency as the convict has a young wife and children to cater for.
The Defense Counsel also pleaded that the court should temper justice with mercy by including an option of fine. But that was opposed by EFCC, citing legal authority to convince the court not to give fine as an option, particularly in the light of the fact that the court has not opted for the maximum sentence.
Akpan was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on June 24, 2019, at the Federal High Court, Uyo for corruption charges.He was accused of receiving from Jide Omokore, a BMW X5 (bulletproof) worth N50 million in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 (bulletproof) worth N45 million from the same source.
In November 2013, he also received a Toyota Landcruiser V8( bulletproof) valued at N40 million; in March 2014, he received a Range Rover valued at N40 million. Also in September 2014, another Toyota Hiace High Roof bus valued at N27 million was obtained from the businessman.
Additionally, he was prosecuted for receiving at different times between 2012-2014, Toyota Hiace High Roof buses valued at N16 million and six units of Toyota Hilux vehicles valued at N36 million.
The EFCC which was investigating money used for the 2015 elections, spotlighted Jide Omokore, who was suspected as a conduit through which illegal funds were used for elections. While interrogating the businessman, he mentioned his numerous transactions with Obong Bassey Albert, who was a commissioner in the state and now a senator.
Meanwhile, News One Nigeria reports that the popular Nigerian senator has been taken to the Correctional Centre, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, where he is expected to serve his jail term.