ICPC drags Abia Deputy Speaker to court over N54m fraud

ICPC drags Abia Deputy Speaker to court over N54m fraud

The Deputy Speaker of Abia State Home of Meeting, Dr Cosmos Chukwudi Ndukwe has been arraigned earlier than Hon. Justice C.C. Thomas Adiele on the Abia State Excessive Court, Umuahia, by the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC), for allegedly utilizing his place as a public officer for self-gratification and corrupt enrichment to the tune of N54, 610, 000 (Fifty-4 Million Six Hundred and Ten Thousand) Naira.

The accused particular person alongside his firm Messrs Conk Productions Nigeria Restricted and his agent, Chijioke Okonkwo, are being slammed with an 8-count cost bordering on gratification and abuse of workplace.

Dr. Ndukwe is alleged to have used his place  because the Managing Director/Chief Govt Officer of Abia State Environmental Safety Company between February 2007 and April 2012 to confer corrupt benefit upon himself by accepting the sum of N5, 850,000 (5 Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) purportedly as a mortgage from Messrs. 

Ancoold Nigeria Restricted, a contractor with the Company the place he had served as an official, an offence that’s opposite to and punishable underneath Part 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000.

As well as, the defendants Dr. Ndukwe and his firm, Messrs Conk Productions Nigeria Restricted, had been alleged to have acquired gratification to the tune of N42,750,000 (Forty Two Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) in varied month-to-month installments between March 2009 and January 2010. He was additionally alleged to have corruptly accepted for himself, the whole sum of N5, 000,000 (5 Million Naira) via an agent, Chijioke Okonkwo, as reward for aiding Ancoold Nigeria Restricted to safe immediate cost of the contract charges for the availability of environmental sanitation companies to Abia State Environmental Safety Company.

Dr. Ndukwe and Mr. Okonkwo had been additionally alleged to have conspired to conceal the gratification by depositing the stated sum within the account of Messrs Conk Productions Nig. Ltd. underneath varied names, an offence that’s opposite to Part 26(1)(c) and punishable underneath Part 24 of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000.

The accused individuals pleaded not responsible to the costs and the defence counsel tendered a proper bail software for them.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Ephraim Otti, didn’t increase any objection as a result of the offences had been bailable.

Justice Adiele granted bail to every of them within the sum of One Million Naira and one surety every in like sum who shall present proof of means, tax cost, residential tackle inside Aba and Umuahia, and the tackle verified by the Registrar of the court. The decide gave them seven days to excellent their bail situations.

The case was then adjourned to third, 4th and fifth June 2019 for particular listening to.


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