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ICPC arraigns FCT council chairman over N10 million fraud

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ICPC arraigns FCT council chairman over N10 million fraud

The Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) has docked the Chairman of Gwagwalada Space Council, Hon. Adamu Mustapha Danze, for allegedly receiving N10 million kickback from a contractor dealing with development initiatives within the space council.

 

Hon. Danze was arraigned by the Fee earlier than Justice U. P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Excessive Courtroom 4, sitting in Abuja, on allegations of corruption bordering on abuse of workplace and gratification.

 

ICPC had filed a six-count cost earlier than the court docket wherein it accused the council chairman of demanding and receiving N10 million bribe from the director of Remotosh Development Ltd, Engr. Aremu Omotosho, in alternate for approving cost for the development of double cell culvert in Paiko-Kore.

 

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The offence, which was allegedly dedicated in March 2018, when Hon. Danze directed the contractor to switch the cash to his lawyer dealing with his election tribunal case, violated Sections 8 (1)(a), 10 (a)(i), 18 (b) and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000 and punishable below related Sections of the identical Act.

 

One of many prices reads, “That you simply, Adamu Mustapha Danze on or concerning the month of March, 2018 at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, whereas being a public officer because the Govt Chairman of Gwagwalada Space Council acquired the sum of N10 million from Engineer Aremu Omotosho, the director of Remotosh Development Restricted for approving cost for the development of double cell culvert at Paiko-Kore awarded to Remotosh Development Restricted by Gwagwalada Space Council, the sum you requested the contractor to switch to your counsel defending you within the election tribunal and also you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Part 10 (a)(i) and punishable below Part 10 (a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Act, 2000.”

 

Hon. Danze, who had a bench warrant issued on him, pleaded not responsible when the costs had been learn to him. The warrant was subsequently dismissed by the trial choose after a plea by the protection Counsel, Abdul Mohammed (SAN).

 

Mohammed tendered an apology to the choose for failing to attend proceedings on two earlier dates fastened by the court docket, as he blamed it on latest kidnapping actions in Gwagwalada space council.

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He informed the court docket that the defendant was coordinating rescue operations within the space council following the spate of kidnappings and different prison actions in latest instances. He then moved a movement praying that the accused be admitted to bail on the discretion of the court docket pending trial.

 

Counsel to ICPC, Michael Adesola, in his counter argument averred that the accused was very deliberate in his actions of ignoring court docket sittings as he was duly served of all proceedings since final yr, 2020.

 

Adesola, who additionally opposed the bail software prayed the court docket to remand the accused in a correctional facility to stop him from interfering and intimidating witnesses, a few of whom had been workers within the space council.

 

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Justice Kekemeke, having listened to each counsel, held that the defendant can’t leap bail primarily based on his present place.

 

He mentioned, “The defendant who’s the present Chairman of Gwagwalada Space Council can’t evade his trial. He has nowhere to cover as I give him the good thing about doubt. The applying subsequently subsist. Bail is subsequently granted to the defendant.”

 

The court docket admitted him to bail within the sum of N20 million and a surety in like sum. The surety shall be an proprietor of a landed property with statutory proper of occupancy throughout the jurisdiction of the court docket or a Federal Civil Servant within the rank of an Assistant Director and above. The matter was then adjourned to 1st March, 2022 for trial.

 

The trial choose on the finish of the sitting warned the accused to not take the court docket with no consideration, saying, “Mr. Chairman, that’s what you referred to as your self. We simply gave you the good thing about the doubt. You don’t play with the court docket. You don’t take the court docket for levity, for those who do this, you can see your self in hassle.”

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