Former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor has been discharged and acquitted by the Federal High Court, of the entire 17 counts of fraud relating to contract verification exercise in 2001.
However, Emeka Ebila, who was then the Secretary of National Economic Intelligence Committee, the body which was tasked with the verification exercise, was convicted and jailed five years for the alleged offences.
Ogbulafor was then the Minister of Special Duties supervising the activities of NEIC, which was set up in 2001 for the verification and payment of debts owed to local contractors by the Federal Government.
Justice Ishaq Bello said the prosecution failed to show any nexus between the alleged crimes and Ogbulafor while the uncontroverty confessional statement of Ebila was enough corroborations of the allegations levelled against him.
The PDP chief, who was then the supervising minister of NEIC and Ebila, were alleged to have defrauded the Federal Government to the tune of over N170m through payments to contractors for jobs that were not carried out.