5 Jailed Over Diversion Of VSF N9.1M In Yola

Five staff of the Centre for Health and Development in Africa (CHEDA) in Yola has been convicted for 7 years each for diversion of foster care intervention funds amounting to N9.1 million.

Delivering judgement in the Upper Area Court 3 sitting in Yola, trial judge Adamu Abbas convicted and sentenced the five Staff of CHEDA to 7 years each without an option of fine to correctional custody on the 19th of May 2022.

Trouble started for the five staff in 2016 when their Centre for Health and Development in Africa (CHEDA) received a grant of N2, 032,500.00 from the Victims Support Fund (VSF).
This sum was for the implementation of the VSF Foster Care Project to facilitate Protection and Shelter for 150 orphaned children in 75 households in Gombi LGA.

The report of incomplete payment and nonpayment to the beneficiaries and social workers for certain number of Months however reached VSF in November 2017.

The allegations were further investigated by VSF team and confirmed by the beneficiaries and the key stakeholders to the project in the Gombi communities of Adamawa state before a final report.

The convicts were yet to appeal the judgement as at the time of writing this report.

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