Nigerian Warlord Over Financial Crimes: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Office Sued One Moses Peter Adoga Before State High Court Judge Simon O. Aboki Nasarawa State which is located in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
Adoga was sued on Friday 7 June 2019 on a charge of dishonestly converting the sum of N19,765,200 (nineteen million, seven hundred and sixty-five thousand two hundred naira), being a grant from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) he to study for a PhD, for other purposes.
Tony Orilade, acting head, media and publicity for the anti-corruption agency, said in a released press release that the offense is punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code laws.
But the indictment of the count reads: ‘That you Moses Peter Adoga in 2011 at Keffi within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court you were entrusted with the sum of N19,765,200 (nineteen million seven hundred sixty five thousand two hundred Naira) from the Tertiary Education Fund trustee (TETFUND).
The money was paid into the lecturer’s United Bank for Africa account via Nasarawa State University’s Diamond Bank Account for the purpose of training and academic staff development at Bangor University in the UK.
“He dishonestly converted the same for your use and thereby committed a criminal breach of trust contrary to section 311 and punishable under section 312 of the Penal Code Acts. He said.”
But the lecturer pleaded “not guilty” to the charge of one count.
In light of his request, prosecutor Mary Onoja prayed for a date for the trial to begin. She also pleaded that the defendant be placed in custody pending a hearing on his bail application.
Defense Counsel, SK Sheltu orally requested bail for his client and Judge Simon O. Aboki granted the accused bail in the sum of N2, 000, 000 (Two Million Naira) with two sureties of the same amount. The defendant must deliver his international passport to the court clerk.
The Judge postponed the case to 10 July 2019 for the start of the hearing.
Troubles started for Adoga, a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Nasarawa State University Keffi, when a petitioner said the suspect had obtained a Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) grant to the sum of N19, 756, 200 through Nasarawa State University in 2010 to study PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at Bangor University, UK.
He got this money in disguise of PhD abroad and never presented any proof of going or graduating as he claimed yet he kept giving apology.
Analysis of his bank statement showed that the suspect diverted the funds for commercial and various purposes other than the reason the funds were given.
Eight years after the suspect was granted the money, he could not produce a PhD certificate from any university.