A Nigerian professor of Agriculture, Benjamen Ogunmodede, was on Tuesday sentenced to 40 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan.
Two other persons – Zacheus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement – also bagged similar sentence.
Prof. Ogunmodede, who is also a Reverend with the Anglican Church, is the former Director General of the Institute of Agricultural, Research and Training (IART), Apata, Ibadan, while Tejumade and Adenekan were Chief Accountant and staff of the institution respectively.
They were arraigned on 16- count charge of conspiracy, unlawful conversion, stealing of school subvention and other criminal charges.
The presiding judge, Justice Ayo Emmanuel, sentenced the accused to four years imprisonment on each charge. However, the judge said the 40 years sentence would run concurrently.
According to the judge, the accused diverted over N177 million from N600 million received as subvention from the Federal Government to pay salaries of worker and execute certain projects in the institute.