Nearly two years after being sentenced to 25 years in jail, the former Director of Taxation again was sentenced on Nov. 3, 2016 to 20 years in prison for the embezzlement of more than one billion FCFA.
It must be said that the case dates back to 2000. Indeed, on 28 April that year, then he chaired on behalf of the Minister of Economy and Finance, the solemn ceremony of checks to recipients of refunds of value added tax, Abah Abah, then Director of tax, realizes that it’s the checkbook from his personal account that was used. Thus, 50 checks were completed from this checkbook instead of the “Repayment VAT” checkbook on the books of the CBC. The ceremony was then suspended and Abah Abah had indicated to the bank his opposition to the payment of these checks.
But the Commercial Bank of Cameroon (CBC) made the payment. It was then that Peter William Mandio who owned a newspaper at the time in Douala, and Batock Dikanda, filed a complaint against Abah Abah, accusing him of having transferred money from the “MINFI-Branch taxes” account. The corpus delicti has been increased to 1,158,352,393 FCFA FCFA by the prosecution.