UTME:  Abuja Court convicts CBT  centre owner over registration infraction

A CBT centre owner, Mr. Ezechinoso Augustine has been convicted over registration infraction, concealment, breach of trust, and theft by a Grade One Area Court sitting at Aco Estate, Abuja.

At the resumed hearing, the accused, who operates a CBT centre in Onitsha, was charged with criminal breach of trust, concealment, registration infraction (cheating), and theft.

Ezechinoso, a male of No. 28 Omonun Street, Awada, Onitsha, Anambra State, reportedly signed and collected customised and sensitive registration material from the Anambra State Office of the Board to enable him to kick-start and activate the process of UTME registration.

He also alleged that the material he collected was not functioning while denying that he was in possession of any for registration during the interview.

According to the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Olisaemeka Okeke, who was holding a brief for Mr. Stanley Nafoaku, the suspect had pleaded guilty to the charge.

The defense counsel, Barrister Pere Adge, however, pleaded that the accused was a Nigerian, who might have been prompted by the prevailing circumstances to commit the infractions without intent to cause damage or harm, and being a first-time offender, she pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

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