A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu has convicted a former Rector of the Enugu Coal City Polytechnic, Dr Isidore Nwankwo.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had in April 2019 arrested Nwankwo for allegedly obtaining N1,153,700.00 from students under false pretences.
He was subsequently arraigned on six counts bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences before Justice N. I. Buba of the Federal High Court.
Delivering judgment on Thursday, Justice Buba declared that the prosecution counsel proved his case against the defendant beyond reasonable doubts and sentenced Nwankwo to one year imprisonment.
The court also ordered him to pay back the sum to the affected students and that it must be done between the date of judgment and March 2021.
EFCC said in a statement that one Eze and 19 other students had petitioned the Enugu Zonal Office of the commission, alleging that they were deceived into believing that the polytechnic was partly owned by the Enugu State Government and accredited by the appropriate authorities.
The statement added that “Based on that conviction, they paid sums of N5,000 each for admission forms, N10,000 for their acceptance fees and N35,000 for first semester school fees, before discovering that it was an illegal institution,”.