NDDC official bags 7 years jail term for contract racketeering


An online newsfeed, ISN, has reported the sentencing of an official of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to jail over what it called contract scam.


A staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Tarila Ebizimor has been slammed with a seven years imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of N4million.

Justice A. T. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, gave the judgment on Friday.

The convict, Tarila Ebizimo, who is a supervisor in the Security Department of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, was prosecuted by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a four-count charge.

Tarila Ebizimor was accused of parading himself in August, 2013 as the Personal Assistant to the then Managing Director of the NDDC and obtained the sum of N4million from the petitioner on the pretext that he would help facilitate the award of a road construction contract to him.

One of the charges against him reads thus:

“That you, Tarila Ebizimor on the 13th day of August, 2013 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honorable court did fraudulently obtained the sum of N2,000,000, which said sum was paid into your Fidelity Bank account No. 5330259983, by a means of transfer from God’s Grace Haulage Limited on the pretext that you were to facilitate the award of road construction contract from NDDC, a pretext you know to be false and thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 1(i)(a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.