ICPC arraigns NSCDC Official for Alleged Job Racketeering

An officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Godwin Abutu, has been charged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting job seekers of the sum of N150,000:00.

The Commission, in a 5-count charge brought before Honourable Justice U.P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 9, sitting in Nyanya, Abuja, averred that Mr. Abutu had fraudulently solicited and received the above sum of money from two job seekers with a promise to help them secure employment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

ICPC in a Charge No: CR/62/18 informed the court of how the money was paid in two tranches into the defendant’s Diamond Bank account.

According to the Commission, his offence is contrary to and punishable under sections 10 (a)ii and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. If he is found guilty, he shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for seven years without an option of fine.

The accused person pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

His bail application was refused by the trial judge who ruled that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

The case has been adjourned to June 25th 2019, for commencement of trial.