A Federal High Court in Akwa Ibom State has sentenced the governorship candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Bassey Albert, to 42 years in prison for fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in 2019 arraigned Albert on a six-count charge of allegedly taking possession of six vehicles worth N204 million when he was finance commissioner in the state.
He was said to have collected one of the vehicles from Jide Omokore, an associate of Diezani Alison Madueke, a former minister of petroleum. Omokore reportedly had dealings with the state when he offered Bassey the vehicle.
Delivering judgment on Thursday, the Presiding Judge Agatha Okeke found Albert guilty of the offences. Consequently, he was sentenced to Ikot Ekpene Correctional Centre to serve his jail term.