A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has jailed a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Clement Onubuogo Illoh for five years over fraudulent contracts of N14.6 million.
Ilo was arraigned in 2017 for awarding fictitious contracts to himself, using his personal company and friends while supervising numerous programs such as the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
One of the counts reads: “That you, Clement Illoh, a.k.a Clement & Bob Associate, on or about 28th January, 2015 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court whilst still a Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of N14,176,000.00 from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), and you hereby committed an offense contrary to Section 279(1)(b) & 285(6) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State No,11,2011.”
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo found Clement Ilo guilty of the charges after over two years of trial. The judge also ordered him to pay back N14million back to the federal government.
The case was brought against the convict by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).