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I Suffered For A Crime I Knew Nothing About – Says Former Commissioner After Returning From Jail

An erstwhile Commissioner in Adamawa State, John Elias, who just completed his 10-years jail term, says he bore the brunt of the crime he knew nothing about.

He recalled how the judge who presided over the Federal High Court in Yola sent him to prison for defrauding the Adamawa State government of whooping 51 million.

According to him, the whooping amount was the fund contributed to the effect of bringing back Boni in 2002. This was a project contributed by Boni during the second term, as donated by 21 Local government chairmen.

He elucidated further by saying the BBB community did not have any created account when the first tranch of of the huge donation was made. This necessitated his keeping the money in his personal account.

He said Senator Paul Wampana’s addressed petition against him claimed he siphoned what belongs to the government, this was despite his operating via the instrumentality of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which used to be under Ibrahim Lamurde (from Adamawa), to raise sentiments against his person.

Elias said, “It was the BBB project’s money found in my account that EFCC used against me,” Elias said, adding that this was even after he brought witnesses who testified that the money was contributed by the 21 LGA chairmen to bring Boni back to office.

“I was truly jailed over what I didn’t commit, but I thank God I’m alive and healthy and some of My enemies are no more today; many of those who live are in pitiful condition.

“If you are a thief you should be able to benefit from the proceeds of stealing. The money in question, I gave it all to the person that was intended to have it. I did not remove a dime from it.”

He added however that he has forgiven all the people behind his problem: “I forgive all of them. Who knows, I probably would have been in one problem or the other if I was not in jail? The Bible says all things work together for good.”

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