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Zamfara lawmaker jailed for N31m fraud

A member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Lawali Gogonkade, has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of N31m fraud preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

He was convicted and sentenced by Justice Bello Shinkafi after pleading guilty to the charges.

Gogonkade, until his conviction by the court, represented the Kaura-Namoda council area in the state House of Assembly.

Gogonkade was accused of using his position to confer corrupt advantage upon himself in a N31m contract meant for the supply of medical equipment to the state government, stressing that the act violated sections 10, 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

He received N4.5m from the Managing Director of Madaci Pharmacy, Mr Hamisu Jibril, as a percentage of the sum of a contract awarded by the state government for the supply of medical equipment.

In sentencing Gogonkade to four years in prison, Justice Shinkafi ruled that he had an option of paying a fine of N30,000 on each of the counts preferred against him by the ICPC.

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