On Friday, Tarila Ebizimor, a staff member of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), was sentenced by a Federal High Court to seven years imprisonment for fraud.
The presiding judge who sat the hearing, Justice A.T. Mohammed, found Tarila guilty of obtaining money from his victims under false pretences and he was able to round up the sum of N4 million.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Tarila Ebizimor, who happened to be a supervisor in the NDDC’s security department, with a four-count charge.
The anti-graft agency discovered from a petitioner that the accused Ebizimor had in August 2013 obtained the sum of N4m by defrauding his victims.
According to the petitioner, the NDDC security official had presented himself as the personal assistant to the Managing Director of NDDC.
Under this impression, he guaranteed the petitioner that he will facilitate the award of road construction contracts for him.
One of the charges reads:
“That you Tarila Ebizimor on the 13th day of August 2013 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did fraudulently obtain the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira), 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 Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), you held a false pretext to dupe people 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.”