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Jonathan’s ally, George Turnah, others hailed over N2.9bn fraud

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A former Special Adviser to erstwhile Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dan Abia, George Turnah, has been convicted and sentenced by a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s godson was sentenced alongside two others to six years imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretence.

Ebis Orubebe and Uzorgor Chidebere were also sentenced alongside Turnah.

The Presiding Judge, Justice A. T. Mohammed also convicted them of money laundering, conversion of funds and forgery.

Their offenses were contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, originally arraigned them in May 2017 and they were re-arraigned on January 25, 2021

They were arraigned on 23 counts bordering on obtaining by false pretence, money laundering and abuse of office to the tune of N2,894,500,000.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this on Monday in a statement.

He said, “They were jailed on Thursday, September 7, 2023, having been found guilty of charges preferred against them by the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission…”

He said they had earlier pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

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