Anglican reverend sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for diverting N177 million
A Nigerian Professor of Agriculture, also an Anglican Reverend, Benjamin Ogunmodede, has been sentenced to jail alongside two others suspect Zacheus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement for stealing money given to an institution by the Government. The prof, was issued 40 years jail sentence by a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, after found guilty of 16- count charge of conspiracy, unlawful conversion, stealing of school subvention and other criminal charges. He was handed a four years imprisonment sentence on each charge by presiding judge, Justice Ayo Emmanuel, who said the 40 years sentence would run concurrently.
According to the judge, the accused diverted a huge sum over N177 million from N600 million received as donation from the Federal Government to pay salaries of worker and execute certain projects in the institute.
Prof. Ogunmodede, former Director General of the Institute of Agricultural, Research and Training (IART), Apata, Ibadan, was found guilty of diverting over N177 million from N600 million received as subvention from the Federal Government, to pay salaries of worker and execute certain projects in the institute.
His brothers-in-crime, Tejumade and Adenekan were Chief Accountant and staff of the institution respectively.