The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned one Engr. Innocent Roland Ogu and his company, African Legacy International Media Services before Hon. Justice Maryann E. Anenih of Federal High Court 12 sitting in Maitama for deceiving and fraudulently collecting the sum of N1, 488, 000 (One Million, Four Hundred and Eighty-Eight Thousand Naira Only) from 5 public officers.
The Commission in a 2-count charge alleged that the accused had made a false statement, thereby contravening Section 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 25 (1) (b) of the same Act.
The accused was alleged to have cheated the Director-General of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel, and 4 other members of staff by deceiving them to deliver to him the money as conference registration, accommodation and visa processing fees for 5 of them to attend a bogus African-European Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code, Act, CAP 345.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and the trial Judge, Justice Anenih granted them bail in the sum of N 1million with a surety in like sum, who must be a responsible Nigerian, resident in Abuja and must submit two passport photographs as well as a valid international passport or driver’s license.
The matter was adjourned to 28th September, 2017 for hearing.