A serving Deputy Director of the Niger State Ministry of Land Transportation, Mr. Umar Shehu Farouk has been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment by the State High Court in Minna for demanding and receiving gratification of N11 million from a contractor for the award of contract.
Farouk had earlier been dragged before Hon. Justice Abdullahi Mikail, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The convict was first arraigned in July, 2020 on a seven-count charge bordering on gratification and conferment of corrupt advantage upon self, an allegation to which he pleaded not guilty, thereby setting the tone for the long trial.
ICPC Prosecutor, Osuobeni Ekoi Akpos, had told the court that Farouk, while serving as the Deputy Director of Land Transport for the Niger State Ministry of Land Transportation in 2016, collected the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000) as kickback from a contractor for the award of contract for the registration of Auto Mechanic Workshops, registration of Auto Spare Parts Dealers, registration of Motorcycle/Tricycle Dealers and registration of Color Code Certification for Commercial Transport operators.