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Ex-Delta scholarship members in court for theft

04 July 2014, 08:27Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Two former officials of the Delta State Scholarship Board have been arraigned before the Delta State High Court in Asaba to answer to charges of theft and conspiracy.
The former Executive Secretary of Delta State Scholarship Board, Peter Amromanoh, and the Chief Accountant, Eloho Otiede, are in court following the alleged diversion of more than N70 million.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking their prosecution on a five-count charge emanating from the alleged crimes that happened between 2008 and 2012.

According to a statement by the commission, Amromanoh is alleged to have abused his authority by approving a sum of N36 million, which is above his official approval limit of N1million.

The commission added that the former executive secretary of the scholarship board alongside the former chief accountant also fraudulently paid bursaries to “ghost” students.

The funds which are said to total more than 77 millions,  were meant for pecuniary resources property of the Delta State Scholarship Board.

Both accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

The duo has been granted bail to the sum of N3 million each and two sureties in like sum.

 The sureties must be public or civil servants with the state/federal government not less than grade level 10. They must own landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The matter was adjourned to October for hearing.

- CAJ News

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