Justice Angela Otaluka of Federal Capital Territory[ FCT] High Court Apo today sentenced a twenty nine years old whistle blower, James Urah, to two years in prison for giving false information with the intention of to misleading the ICPC.
The Judge, noted that the convict have spent two years in detention and as such, has been deemed to have served his sentence. press reports that the convict was charged to court in 2017 on a two-counter charges of knowingly providing false information and giving a false name.
Adding that he was prosecuted by The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICP]
The ICPC Counsel, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, told the court that Urah committed the offence sometime in September 2017he said Urah gave false information concerning a Senator who hid money on his farm.
The offender is said to have claimed that he had personal knowledge of the transfer of a huge sum of money from Abuja to a poultry farm in Niger by his boss.
Akponimisingha further told the court that Urah gave his name as John Godwin which was later realized to be a false name.
Although Urah pleaded not guilty to the charge, the case suffered some setbacks and adjournments as he had no legal representation for several months while he was in custody.
The trial, however, afterward commenced after a lawyer was provided for the convict from the Karina Tunyan & Co.
Defense Counsel, Isioma Kelubia, argued that the laws had been struck out from the hands of ICPC.
However, Otaluka, dismissed the claim by saying that as long as the elements of the crime are contained in the constitution, the charges still Stand. After listening to plea for mercy by defense counsel tempered justice with mercy.