The Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) has charged a Deputy Commandant of the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Edike Mboutidem Akpan, earlier than the Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court docket sitting in Kwali, Abuja over alleged N26.7 million fraud.
Akpan, who was arraigned on expenses of 17 counts earlier than Justice V. S. Gaba, was accused of utilizing a personal actual property firm, Danemy Nigeria Restricted to defraud land subscribers.
The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, in an announcement made obtainable to journalists acknowledged that the Deputy NSCDC Commandant satisfied many subscribers to pay numerous sums of cash for plots of land in Karshi, Nasarawa State and Sabon Lugbe Extension, Airport Street, Abuja, claiming to be in partnership with NSCDC.
Ogugua, nevertheless, added that no land was ever allotted to the subscribers.
Presenting the case earlier than the court docket, the ICPC instructed the court docket that Akpan dedicated the offence between 2010 and 2015.
In line with the anti-graft company, Akpan’s offence violated Sections 19 and 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000 and was punishable below Part 19 of the Act.
The company stated, “In one of many expenses, Mr. Akpan was alleged to have conferred an undue benefit on himself when he allegedly acquired N13,350,000 in 2011 from a subscriber, Mr. Igwe Onus Nwankwo, by way of his firm Danemy Nig Ltd, as funds for 10 plots of land at Airport Street.
“He was at numerous occasions alleged to have acquired N1,305,000 from Medical doctors Robert Okoro and Akuneme Marcel Ikwuoma, every, for the allocation of plots of land on the Defenders Household Property Properties Scheme, Airport Street.
“The NSCDC officer was additionally accused of receiving N2,610,000 from Mrs. Chidinma Obasi for 2 plots of land and N1,205,000 from Mr. Etuechere Martins, for a plot.”
Explaining additional, the ICPC spokesperson stated that Akpan pleaded not responsible to the costs and his counsel prayed the court docket to grant him bail on liberal phrases, to which the counsel for the ICPC, John-Paul Okwor, didn’t object.
Nonetheless, the ICPC counsel prayed the court docket to confess the accused to bail on cheap phrases that might guarantee his attendance in court docket for trial.
In his ruling, Justice Gaba granted the accused individual bail to the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum.
The decide added that a minimum of one of many sureties should present proof of residing in his or her personal home.