ICPC to arraign ex-Customs boss over alleged N1.1 bn fraud on Thursday, February 14

ICPC to arraign ex-Customs boss over alleged N1.1 bn fraud on Thursday, February 14

- The ICPC is set to arraign a former controller general, Nigerian Customs Service Abdullahi Inde

Inde has been alleged of committing fraud and money laundering offences to the tune of N1.1 billion

- The former controller general of Customs would be arraigned alongside two others by the commission

Former controller general, Nigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Inde, is to appear before a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, February 14, over alleged N1.1 billion fraud and money laundering.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Inde and two other are being charged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).

Inde, along with one Garba Bala Makarfi, second defendant, and Umar Husseini, 3rd defendant, are facing a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering and fraud among others.

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“The Charge with no: FHC/ABJ/CR/21/2019- FRN v Abdullahi Inde Dikko & Ors is scheduled for arraignment before Hon Justice Lucia Ojukwu on 14th February, 2019.”

In the charge sheet, the three are being accused of illegally receiving N1, 100,952, 380. 96 as `Completion Security Deposit’ from one Yemi Obadeyi, managing director, CAMBIAL Limited, in an alleged fraudulent transaction.

According to the charge, Obadeyi, a principal in the suit, allegedly paid the amount into an account belonging to Umar Husseini, a legal practitioner at Capital Law Office, Abuja, in a transaction for the purchase of 120 duplexes by the Nigerian Customs Service, at the rate of N4.8 billion in 2010.

Counsel to the commission Ephriam Otti, in a sworn Affidavit to the Court, stated that investigation into matter had been concluded.

In the affidavit, the three defendants are being arraigned for alleged violations of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, Advance Free Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as (amended).

Four lawyers, Henry O.Emore, Mr Adenekan Shegunle, Mr Ephriam Otti and Ms Zainab S. Nass are expected to prosecute the case on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the EFCC had claimed that the N1.5 billion imprest account of the external affairs ministry with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was actually used to fund the political campaign of Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

This allegation was made on Monday, February 4, by an investigator with the EFCC, Shuaibu Shehu, who spoke at a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

According to Shehu, two former ministers and some other people transferred the amount to the former president.

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