ICPC Arraigns Deputy Superintendent of Fire Service For Fraud, Job Racketeering

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A Deputy Superintendent of the Federal Fire Service, Augustine Abah, has been docked by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission over allegations bordering on fraud and employment racketeering.

The ICPC in charge No: CR/283/2023, brought before Justice F.A. Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court 57, sitting in Apo, Abuja, accused the defendant of defrauding an unsuspecting job seeker to the tune of N600,000.

In a two-count charge, the commission through its counsel, Mashkur Salisu, told the court that the accused person fraudulently induced his victim into parting with the said sum of money in the guise of securing employment for the victim in the Federal Fire Service.

The spokesperson for the ICPC, Azuka Ogugua, in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday night said: “His action is contrary to Section 8(i)(a) and punishable under Section 8(i)(b)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and contrary to Section 320(b) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Act.

“When the accused person was admitted to take his plea, he entered a “not guilty” plea. The defence counsel, Mr G.E. Ejekela, via a “Motion on Notice,” thereafter moved a bail application on behalf of his client.

“In the application which was supported by a 6-paragraph affidavit, the defence lawyer sought the relief of the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal of conditions, stating that the accused person was willing to attend his trial.”

She further noted that although the bail application was not opposed by ICPC counsel, Salisu, however, urged the court to impose conditions that will compel the defendant to attend his trial.

“The trial judge after listening to both parties, admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of 1 Million and a surety in like sum, who must be a civil servant on grade level 12 and above.

“Justice Aliyu also ordered that the surety should submit his Appointment and Promotion Letters to the Court for sighting. The matter was adjourned to the 13th of July 2023 for hearing,” Ogugua added.