Former Imo State Commissioner for Transport, Laz Okoroafor Anyanwu, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment.
The Commissioner, who served during the administration of ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha, was sentenced on Tuesday.
This was after Anyanwu was found guilty of the charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The judge, K. A Lewanya, while sentencing the ex-Commissioner, said the jail term would serve concurrently.
The Hudge said that the convict was found guilty of fraud, looting of public funds and stealing.
Lewanya said Anyanwu was found guilty of diverting N180 million State funds into a private company account where he was a major shareholder, sole signatory and doubled as Commissioner for Transport and Chairman Interim Committee of the Imo State Transport Company, which he noted was against section 12 and 19 of the ICPC Act 2020.
The Judge held that Anyanwu by that action had violated the Public Procurement Act, abused his office and used his office to gain undue advantage in his dealings during his tenure as the Commissioner for Transport and Chairman Interim Committee of the ITC.
He said the EFCC lawyer, Michael Ani, was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that when Anyanwu was Commissioner between 2015 and 2019, he transferred N100 million from the ITC account to his private company: Oma oil industries Limited, which is against section 12 and 19 of the ICPC Act 2020 for a public servant.
The Judge also said that the ex-Commissioner signed off another N80 million from government coffers directly to his private company account with the motive that he wanted to procure some vehicles for ITC without due process and recourse to the public procurement act.
The Judge while sentencing him to prison ordered that the looted sum of N180 million found in his account be forfeited to the state transport company.