ICPC arraigns 2 over alleged salary scam

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned two Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority (BORBDA) officials before the High Court of Edo State over a N2.5 million salary scam.

ICPC’s head Public, Enlightenment Mr. Mike Sowe said this in Abuja.

He said the two persons where before the court for “conferring corrupt advantage upon themselves” and illegally collecting over N2 million from the River Basin Development Authority.

Mike said one of the accused officers, Mr. Monday Isiorko Okoh is a salary officer while Ehudi Lazarus is a cashier with the authority.

He said between 2005 and 2008 Okoh unlawfully received the total sum of “N2,579,680” as salary.

Enudi Lazarus, on his part while serving as cashier according to Mike, received from Okoh the sum of N80,000 as salary thereby using their offices to confer corrupt advantage on themselves contrary to, and punishable under various sections of the ICPC Act 2000.

The two persons pleaded not guilty to the 6-count charge brought against them. The presiding judge, Hon. Justice R. I. Amaize granted the accused persons bail and adjourned for further hearing.

The commission said so far nine persons are standing as witnesses against the accused persons.