The Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the six years imprisonment imposed on a former Federal Director of Pensions, John Yakubu Yusuf and also ordered him to refund 22.9 billion naira to the coffers of the Federal Government.
Justice Tijjani Abubakar in a judgment in an appeal filed by Yusuf upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal which in 2018 sent him to six years imprisonment in addition to the refund of the huge sum.
The N22.9B huge sum was part of the police pension fund he admitted before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory FCT to have been misappropriated.
The Supreme Court held that Yusuf and others engaging in fraudulent practices must be told through court judgments that it is no longer business as usual.
Justice Abubakar maintained that the appeal of the former federal Director of Pension seeking to set aside the six years jail term against him was frivolous, vexatious and devoid of merit.
The Court further held that victims of the convicted Director deserve restitution which can only be achieved through justice.
The convict, john Yakubu Yusuf had dragged the Federal Government before the apex court seeking to overturn the six years imprisonment slammed on by the Court of Appeal in 2018.
The former pension director, currently serving six years jail term at the Kuje Correctional Centre also asked the Supreme Court to set aside the whopping sum of N22.9 billion naira he was ordered to refund to the government treasury by the Court of Appeal in the 2018 verdict.
He was sent to prison in 2018 by the Court of Appeal in Abuja upon being found guilty of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N22.9 billion naira through Police Pension Fund.
In the appeal lodged with the Supreme Court, Yusuf prayed the apex court to set aside his conviction and the order that he should refund N22.9B.
His main grouse is that the Court of Appeal mis-carriaged justice in its judgment .
John Yakubu Yusuf in a plea bargaining was convicted and sentenced by the High Court of the FCT to two years imprisonment with an option of fine of seven hundred and fifty thousand naira.
The Supreme Court described the verdict of the trial court as a slap in the wrist.