· As ex-circulation manager bags 3 years
A Lagos High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a former Chief Accountant of Vanguard Newspaper, Bhadmus Abiodun, to 7 years imprisonment, following his involvement in forgery and stealing of about N3.1million belonging to one of the leading national newspapers in the country.
The court also sentenced former circulation representative of Vanguard newspaper for Benin, Joseph Ejike Ezeobi, to three years imprisonment over his involvement in stealing and forgery.
In his judgment over the matter, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye held that the prosecuting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has proved its case against Abiodun and Ezeobi beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced them to various prison terms without an option of fines.
According to Mohammed, the offences are contrary to Sections 390 (7), 467 (2)(i) and 516 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State 2003.
In his verdict over the case, Justice Ipaye held that the money Biodun and Ogbole kept for themselves belongs to Vanguard newspaper.
The judge said, “The defendant is hereby sentenced to seven years in prison on count one. He is sentenced to seven years in prison each for counts two to eight.”
The judge added that the prison terms for counts two to eight are to run concurrently.