Court Sentences School Proprietress For Squandering WAEC Fees

A Federal High Court in Maiduguri, Borno State has sentenced Josephine Udeh, Proprietress of Dala Standard Secondary School, for the mismanagement of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) registration fees of 284 students of the school.

She was sentenced by Justice Aisha Kumaliya on Wednesday.

“Josephine Udeh being the Director of Dala Standard Secondary School, Maiduguri, sometime between 2017 and 2018 at Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did dishonestly missappropriate the sum of N5,059,000 only being monies meant for 2017/2018 WAEC registration fees for 284 students of the school and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Panal Code Law cap 102 Laws of Borno State of Nigeria and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law,” she stated.

Josephine Udeh. Photo: Phenomenal
Josephine Udeh. Photo: Phenomenal

The school director had initially pleaded not guilty upon her arraignment on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 but during the course of her trial, the prosecution presented ten witnesses and ten exhibits which finally led her into a plea bargain agreement with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to findings by schoolworld, at the resumption of the trial on Wednesday, Udeh pleaded guilty to the amended charges in line with the plea bargain agreement she opted for.

Following her guilty plea, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to convict her as charged.

Justice Kumaliya pronounced her guilty as charged with a fine of N150,000 and to spend one year in prison custody in default of the payment of the fine.

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