NEPZA Employee Convicted for N342m Fraud

Kingsley Nwezeh

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured the conviction of Mr. Dasel Nanjwan, an employee of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA).

Nanjwan, an engineer, was sentenced to three years imprisonment by the Calabar Division of Court of Appeal for holding private interest in a N342 million contract regarding the replacement of warehouses and factories at the Calabar Free Trade Zone.

Nanjwan was a member of the federal government technical committee involved in a negotiation with General Electric (GE) Africa on investments in the Calabar Free Trade Zone as well as the owner and sole signatory to the account of Kwop-ri Services, the company that won the contract.

The defendant was initially arraigned by ICPC before a Calabar High Court presided over by Justice Emily Ibok on a five – count charge which include knowingly holding private interest in a N342 million contract connected with an office which he is employed, an offence contrary to and punishable under section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

In a judgement delivered at the High Court in Calabar by Justice Emily Ibok on19th May 2019, the defendant was discharged and acquitted of all charges.

Dissatisfied with the judgement, ICPC filed an appeal at the Calabar Division of the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgement set aside the decision of the lower court and sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment, a statement by ICPC said.

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