ABUJA — IRKED by public condemnation of the judgment on Mr John Yakubu Yusuf and others undergoing trial for the over N38 billion Police Pension scam at the FCT High Court, Abuja, the House of Representatives, Wednesday, asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, to review the ruling.
The House declared that the monumental fraud in the Police Pension
Fund had resulted in untold hardship for police pensioners who had
their pensions unpaid for many months.
Members of the House in adopting a motion on the urgent need to
revisit the case brought by House Minority Whip, Samson Osagie, and nine
others, also called on the National Assembly to review provisions of
the penal and criminal codes to provide stricter punishment for such
“The EFCC and AGF should appeal the judgement of Justice Abubakar
Talba of the FCT High Court in the case of the State Vs Mr John Yusuf
and others, with a view to seeking stricter punishment for the offence
under Section 309, of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federal
Capital Territory Abuja, 2007,” it said.
Osagie, who led the debate, faulted the decision of FCT High Court
and urged the parliament to intervene, adding that pension was a matter
that ought to be treated with utmost respect.
“As the peoples’ representatives, we cannot keep quiet over the
matter. This is not good for our criminal justice system, especially as
it bothers on the fight against corruption.
“It is repugnant and unacceptable to good conscience. Stiffer
punishment should be meted out else others will tow the same line. It is
not good for our democracy.
“This sort of judgement of a court can only serve as an incentive for
public officers entrusted with management of public fund to commit more
acts of corruption as the judgement in this case did not meet the
justice of the matter, given the huge amount of fraud committed by Mr
John Yusuf in the Police Pension Fund.
“This judgement which has been widely criticised by both lawyers and
civil society groups, has been a slap on the wrist as the sentence ought
to be stricter to deter other public officers from meddling with public
funds,” the lawmaker said