Nigeria’s apex court on Friday reversed the conviction of the former National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George.
George, then the chairman of the board of the Nigerian Ports Authority had been convicted by a lower court for fraud involving billions of Naira bordering on contract splitting. He was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment, a term he completed a little over three years ago.
In the lead judgment delivered by Justice Afolabi Fabiyi, the Supreme Court ruled that the charges of contract splitting, on which the EFCC arraigned and secured the conviction of the politician, was unknown to law of the land.
It was contained in the ruling that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission failed to prove that George had an intention to commit fraud at the Nigeria Port Authority.