Former Akwa Ibom NNDC Commissioner jailed for stealing transformers

An ex-NDDC Commissioner from Akwa Ibom State has been jailed for three years for stealing transformers meant for the people.

Pastor Godwin Moffat

The former Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom State in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pastor Godwin Moffat, is to spend the next three years in prison for stealing 56 transformers worth a whopping N220 million, meant for distribution to oil producing communities in the state.

Pastor Moffat was dragged to an AkwaIbom State High Court on a 56 count charge bordering on stealing, conversion and misappropriation of funds, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and he was duly sentenced.

In its evidence in chief, the anti-graft body said Moffat had applied for 90 electricity transformers and 4 generators from NDDC for Akwa Ibom State sometime in February, 2006 and the body approved 70 transformers but he diverted 56 of them to his house in Eket on the pretext that there was no space to accommodate the newly issued 70 units of transformers at the NDDC office in Uyo.

Afterwards, he sent only 14 Units of the transformers to the NDDC office in Uyo leaving a balance of 56 units which he could not account for till date.

One of the counts preferred against Pastor Moffat reads:

"That you Pastor Godwin Moffat Eyo, being a former Akwa Ibom State representative on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on or about 14th April, 2006, at Uyo in the Uyo Judicial Division, did fraudulently steal a 300 KVA/33/0.415 Transformer Serial No. 1712496 valued at Four Million, Eighteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty  Naira (N4,018,560.00), property of NDDC and thereby committed an offence of stealing contrary to Section 399 and punishable under Section 404 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38, Volume 2, Laws of Akwa Ibom State, 2000."


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