A Delta State High Court, sitting in Warri, has sentenced the Chief Security Officer, CSO, of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Peter Obonyamo, to 33 years imprisonment.
The sentence followed Obonyamo’s conviction by the court for corruption related offences.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, had sued Obonyamo to court for demanding N150,000 gratification from a contractor with the polytechnic.
He was also charged with receiving N100,000 from the contractor.
His arrest came through a sting operation by ICPC operatives, as he was collecting the N100,000 marked money.
Delivering judgement, Justice Briki-Okolosi held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt in counts 1, 3, 4, 6 and 11 of the charge, while he struck out counts 2 and 5 for duplicity.
The court further held that counts 8, 9 and 10 were not proven beyond reasonable doubts.
However, the court sentenced Obonyamo to seven years imprisonment on each of counts 1, 3, 4 and 6, with an option of N20,000 fine on each count.
The court also sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment without an option of fine on count 11.
Obonyamo was, therefore, sentenced to a total of 33 years imprisonment, but would only spend seven years in prison, as the terms are to run concurrently.
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