EFCC: School Proprietress Convicted For Diverting N5m WAEC Fee
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Josephine Udeh, a Proprietress at Dala Standard Secondary School has been convicted on a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, secured the conviction and sentencing of Josephine Udeh before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri.

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Concise News learnt that Udeh allegedly collected the sum N5,059,000 as WAEC registration fees from 284 students of her school and converted it to her private use.

She, however, pleaded not guilty upon her arraignment on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

In the course of the trial, the prosecution presented 10 witnesses and 10 exhibits which pushed her to enter into a plea bargain agreement with the EFCC.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, prosecution counsel, Benjamin Manji, prayed the court to substitute an earlier charge filed on the April 9, 2019 with an amended charge of the day, July 31, 2019.

She 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 has already repaid the misappropriated sum.

Consequently, Justice Kumaliya pronounced her guilty as charged with a fine of N150,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and to spend one year in prison custody in default of the payment of the fine.