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Former Vanguard Chief Accountant sentenced to 14 years in prison for Forgery and Stealing



Former Vanguard Chief Accountant sentenced to 14 years in prison for Forgery and StealingA former Chief Accountant of Vanguard Newspaper, Bhadmus Abiodun, was on Tuesday sentenced to 14-years in prison by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court for forgery and stealing N3.1million.

TodayNG reports that the money belongs to the media house.

Abiodun was arraigned alongside Samuel Ogbole, the Vanguard Media Representative for Onitsha who were convicted of an eight-count charge of conspiracy. Two of the charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are stealing and forgery.

Ogbole, however, absconded when bail was granted to them by the court.

EFCC prosecutor, Abba Mohammed said they committed the offences alongside Ogbole between January 9, 2006 and January 4, 2008.

“The convict and his accomplice on various dates illegally converted the sum of N400, 000, N2.5million and N120, 000 belonging to the complainant.

“On January 16, 2007 the duo conspired to and forged a Wema Bank deposit slip with No. 7125699 purporting to be the value of N225, 165.

“On May 30, 2007, the men conspired to and forge a Wema Bank deposit slip with No. 3270712 purporting to be the value of N256, 850.

“The offences violated Sections 390 (7), 467 (2)(i) and 516 of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State 2003,” Mohammed said.


  1. Jist

    May 17, 2017 at 7:02 am

    First, forgery and stealing is wrong…. I don’t condone it… but let the punishment fit the crime…. 14years for how much?… how much for God sake…. all the guys that stole billions and in dollars nko?…. and vanguard, I mean it shows how wretched mayb the salary structure is… a man will ony steal what he knows he can’t have…. or won’t have…. let the poor man go… or make him work mayb not in the capacity of an assistant and get your money back….

    The corporate structure in the vanguard org is already weak as the is, a financial crime took over 9 years to be discovered and prosecuted.

    This country is a joke

    • Dayo

      May 17, 2017 at 11:31 am

      @Jist, was with you until you started blaming the victim (Vanguard). It is said that to do big things well one has to first do the little things well. This dude likely stole “only” N3.1m because that’s all he saw or had access to steal. If dude was at the NNPC or CBN, we would probably be talking in terms of billions and foreign currencies.

  2. Jist

    May 17, 2017 at 7:03 am

    *accountant not assistant

  3. EbonyFre

    May 17, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Stealing is stealing, but why do you always “look face” when serving justice?
    Everyone tied to our judicial system should cover their faces in shame.
    We should all be crying foul!
    A politician steals billions of the nation’s funds and gets away with 2years max on average, that’s if he even gets a jail sentence.

  4. Sheri

    May 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I wish they could sentence rapists, molesters,
    Child abusers like this.

  5. Dayo

    May 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Useless man! Instead of depriving risk-taking private investors and their hardworking and long suffering employees of scare resources, dude should have been stealing billions in Abuja and the various states’ Govt Houses – and be ‘sentenced’ to a private jet trip to Minna for a wedding. SMDH

  6. Mayowa

    May 18, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    The punishment meted is not commensurate with the crime committed.

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