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Court orders former registrar, Ambursa to return salaries collected for 11years

A High Court sitting in Jos, has ordered a former registrar of the Federal College of Veterinary Medical Laboratory Technology, Vom, Muhammad Ambursa to return salaries he enjoyed for 11 years to the Federal Government.

Delivering judgement, Justice Christine Dabup, held that the total amount Ambursa received as salaries and allowances during his wrongful period of employment was illegal and criminal.

Justice Dabup held that the refunds would be computed by the National Veterinary Research Institute/Federal College of Animal Health Tech, Vom.

The Court held that for him to have linked his service of employment from the National Judiciary Institute to Kebbi State judiciary service commission in 2003, was criminal and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 138 of the penal code law.

Consequently, Justice Dabup found the defendant guilty of all the charges levelled against him and ordered him to pay a fine of N100,000 or face six months jail term in a correctional centre.

The judge added that for the count two charge, the defendant is to pay a fine of N50,000 or one month in a correctional centre.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC had said that Ambursa, failed to disclose material facts and took another pensionable appointment at the Veterinary Institute for 11 years, having been compulsorily retired by the National Judicial Institute on the grounds of indiscipline.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; editing by Adeniyi Bakare