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ICPC drags an ex-NSCDC ‘oga at the top’ and two others to court in 1.2bn fraud case

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ICPC drags an ex-NSCDC ‘oga at the top’ and two others to court in 1.2bn fraud case

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, says plans are underway to arraign three officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, over N1.2 billion unspent funds.

Speaking via a resident consultant with the anti graft body, Folu Olamiti, the ICPC revealed that the arraigned officials made up of a former Assistant Commandant General, Mohammed Umar and two others – Amobi Chidozie and Ojuolape Oyemomi – whose ranks were not specified, would be going before Justice Husseini Baba, of the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Tuesday.

He said the action followed an alleged conspiracy to offer gratification to some public officers in the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, AGF.

The alleged bribes were doled out in December 2004 as part of efforts to induce the extension of remittance of the N1.2 billion unspent funds belonging to NSCDC.

Owing to the death of one of the suspects whose name was struck off the charge sheet and the health challenge of Mr. Umar, the case had however been delayed.

“The accused were alleged to have conspired and also used their public offices to offer gratification to some public officers of the office of the AGF in the sum of N1.5million as inducement,” said Mr. Olamiti.

“The trio will also be facing trial for the transfer of the sum of N8.2 million meant for overhead vote to personnel vote – an offence contrary and punishable under Section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

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