Presidential Amnesty Programme: EFCC arraigns Paul Boroh for diverting N974m

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned a former Special Adviser on Niger Delta Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged fraud to the tune of N974 million and diversion of $1.9 million.

The defendant, Brig. Gen Paul Boroh (rtd.), was arraigned alongside Hanafi Moriki before Justice O. O. Goodluck of the FCT High Court on nine counts.

The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr.Wilson Uwujaren, that the defendants on different occasions, dishonestly converted the sums of N8,601,571; N106,288,445; N12,078,450; N382,800,000; N456,000,000; N9,000,000 and more, while they were public officers.

Boroh, who was the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, was in March last year sacked by Buhari and replaced with Prof. Charles Dokubo.

It was reported that the EFCC and other security agencies were investigating him as millions of dollars were traced to him.

One of the charges preferred against them read in part, “That you, Paul Boroh and Hanafi, Moriki between the 1st of December 2016 and 30th July, 2017 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court whilst being public servants entrusted with property to wit funds of the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, dishonestly converted the sum of One Million, Seven Hundred and Fourteen Thousand United States Dollars to your own use and thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under section 315 of the Penal Code Law”.

They pleaded not guilty to all the counts brought against them by the EFCC.

In view of their plea, counsel for Boroh, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms, stating that his client willingly brought himself to court despite his failing health.

Counsel to the second defendant, OA Dada, also prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms.