ICPC Arraigns Civil Servant over Alleged N72 million Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned in court, a top civil servant, Mr. Bola Audu over an alleged N72 million fraud.

The defendant, a public officer at the Office of Accountant General of the Federation was arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu, of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja on Friday.

In one of the charges levelled against the defendant, he was alleged to have misappropriated the sum of N69 million meant for the purchase of a sport utility vehicle for the office the President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN).

He was also charged to have diverted another N3 million into the union’s election.

Mr. Audu however pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

Following the defendant’s not guilty plea, Counsel to the ICPC, Dr. Osuobeni Akponimisingha, requested a date for the commencement of trial but counsel to the defendant, Babatunde Adewusi prayed that the bail application of his client be heard before a date was chosen for the commencement of trial.

In considering the bail request, Justice Halilu said the alleged offences were bailable and thus admitted the defendant bail on the ground that he produces two sureties who must be Directors in the federal civil service.

“The directors must produce their letters of employment and promotion to the directorship rank in the civil service.” The judge said.

The suit has been adjourned to 6th of May, 2024 for commencement of trial.