Bishop Luscious Mayo, Ex-former Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, has been sentenced to a seven-year imprisonment for financial misappropriation.
A high court in the Yola capital, passed the judgment, freeing two other defendants against whom the court could not find evidence of fraud.
Rhoda Thompson, a cashier who served under him, was similarly jailed seven years.
The State High Court IV, on the other hand, stated that it found the former Executive Secretary, Luscious Mayo and his cashier, Rhoda Thompson guilty of misappropriating various funds put in their charge while they were at the board between August and December 2016.
Justice Danladi Mohammed, passing judgment on the case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Dr Luscious Jinga Mayo and three others, convicted and sentenced Luscious Mayo and Rhoda Thompson to seven years each without option of fine.
Justice Mohammed on count 3 and 4, jailed the ex-executive secretary for 7 years each without an option of fine, while on count 5 the first defendant was sentenced to one year imprisonment with an option of N100, 000 fine, while on count 8 and 9 he was sentenced to two years imprisonment or an option of N100,000 fine while on count 10, the first defendant was sentenced to five years imprisonment without option of fine.
According to the court judgment, the EFCC had initially brought 9 charges against the four defendants, but the suit was amended to a 10-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, misappropriation, forgery, diversion of funds and non-declaration of assets.
Justice Mohammed on count two, the two convicts are to refund N84,948,600 while on count 3 the first defendant will refund N50,000 deposit made by each of the Christian pilgrims who upgraded their BTA from $500 to $750, amounting to N26,348,750.
Further judgment by Justice Danladi on count four, the first respondent will return N15,690,000 to Adamawa Government while on count 6 Dr. Mayo is to refund N2,540,760 to four Christian Pilgrims who deposited the funds to enable them perform the spiritual exercise, but which he diverted.
Both Dr. Bishop Luscious Mayo and Rhoda Thompson, the convicts, will serve seven years jail term each as their sentences are to run concurrently.
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