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Pastor bags 21yrs jail term for defrauding applicants N.2m – Vanguard

ABUJA—NASARAWA State High Court sitting in Lafia has sentenced an Abuja-based pentecostal church Pastor, Mr. Bitrus Bakkat, to a 21-year imprisonment for defrauding two job seekers of N205,000.

The presiding judge, Justice S. Aboki, who gave the sentence without an option of fine, also ordered the pastor to pay back the money extorted from the applicants.

The convict was investigated, arrested and arraigned before the court on a three-count charge of fraud by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, following a report of fraud against him by Mr. Ugwueze Obinna and Mr. Philip Adejoh.

Trouble began last May when Pastor Bakkat collected N205,000.00 in tranches from Mr. Ugwueze Obinna and Mr. Philip Adejoh on the pretext that he would secure jobs for their relations at the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.

Although he pleaded not guilty, when the matter came up for hearing, he was convicted upon trial and sentenced to seven years jail term on each of the three counts. According to the ruling, the sentence is to run concurrently.

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