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ICPC arraigns 2 public servants over alleged N26.7m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), on Monday, arraigned two public servants in an FCT High Court, Apo, over alleged N26. 7 million fraud.

TheICPC charged Ademola Oluwatoyi, an officer with the Nigeria Law Reform Commission and Ala Kolade, who works in the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation with three counts bordering on fraud.

The ICPC prosecutor, Mr Ogechuku Iwuagwu, told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offence in December, 2013 while in active service.

He said that Oluwatoyin, used his position and awarded contract of worth N16. 3 million to his company, Mutoy Adekunle Enterprise.

Iwuagwu, also alleged that, Oluwatoyin also used his position and received N9.2 million through his Skye Bank account from the chambers of Mr Ala Abayomi & co, being part of N10. 4 million paid for consultancy in a workshop organised by the commission.

The prosecutor further said that Kolade while serving in the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, acquired contract for consultancy worth N10. 4 million from Nigeria Law Reform Commission.

Iwuagwu said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practises and other Related Offences Act, 2000, and punishable under Section 12 and 19 of the same Act.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N10 million each, with one surety each in like sum.

Adeniyi ordered that the surety must be a deputy director in the civil service with a verifiable address in the FCT.

He adjourned the case until May 8, for hearing. (NAN)

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