N1.2 bn unspent fund: ICPC to arraign NSCDC Assistant Commandant, others

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Abuja –  The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has concluded plans arraign three officials of the Nigeria and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) N1.2 billion unspent fund.

Mr Folu Olamiti, the Resident Consultant to the ICPC stated this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He said that the officials would be arraigned on Tuesday May 12, before Husseini Baba of an FCT High Court.

He said a former Assistant Commandant General of NSCDC, Mohammed Umar and two others- Amobi Chidozie and Ojuolape Oyemomi -would be arraigned before the court.

Olamiti said that the arraignment was in respect of an alleged conspiracy to offer gratification to some public officers in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

According to him, the gratification was to induce the public officers in the AGF’s office to extend the of remittance of the N1.2 billion unspent funds belonging to NSCDC in December 2004.

He attributed the delay in the arraignment to the health challenge of Umar and the death of one of the accused persons whose name was struck from the charge sheet.

“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 an inducement.

“The trio, will also be facing trial for the transfer of the sum of N8.2 million meant for overhead vote to personnel vote- offence contrary and punishable under Section 22 (5) of the corrupt practices and other related offences Act 2000,” he said. (NAN)