How name of jailed ex-Bank PHB MD, Atuche was smuggled on presidential pardon list – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has indicted two officials of the Federal Ministry of Justice for allegedly receiving bribes to smuggle the name of a jailed banker, Francis Atuche, into the list of convicts recently granted pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Two of the indicted officials, including one Emmanuel Fan, according to an EFCC’s report served in the secretariat of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy (PACPM).

One other yet-to-be verified person, who allegedly paid the bribe on behalf of Mr Atuche, is being tracked by the EFCC, according to the commission’s report.

The 12-member PACPM headed by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had recommended 162 convicted persons for pardon and other forms of clemency in a list sent to Mr Buhari and the Council of State on 14 April.

It was reported how the Council of State approved pardon for 159 of the recommended persons in April. The names of three others were rejected.

One of the three rejected names was Mr Atuche, the former Managing Director of Bank PHB, who was, in June 2021, sentenced to six years in prison for stealing the bank’s N27 billion.

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