Bribery: Ex-nominee for ICPC board gets 5-year jail with hard labour

Bribery: Ex-nominee for ICPC board gets 5-year jail with hard labour

Saad Alanamu, a former nominee for the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been jailed five years with hard labour over issues relating to bribery, it has been learnt.

Alanamu, a former chairman of the governing council of Kwara state polytechnic, Ilorin, and Salman Sulaiman, the chief executive director of a company, both received 12 years in jail over the issue.

Alanamu was said to have taken the bribe from Sulaiman and the two were arraigned before Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar of Kwara state high court 9 sitting in Ilorin on an eight-count charge

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Premium Times reports that they earlier pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought against them.

According to the report, the ICPC said Alanamu was nominated into its board in 2017 but dropped following an allegation of corruption which the commission was investigating.

It was learnt that Alanamu was charged for collecting N5 million bribe from a contractor friend as kickback for a contract.

The ICPC also said Sulaiman was accused of bribing a government official by paying the money to Alanamu

The court heard that Alanamu ensured that the contract for the construction and furnishing of an auditorium in Kwara state polytechnic, at the cost of N182.3 million, got awarded to his friend’s company, which was not qualified.

The prosecution urged the court to pass appropriate sanctions on the two.

After finding the two guilty, the court sentenced Alanamu to seven years imprisonment on counts two and three, and five years with hard labour on counts four, four, and five, without an option of fine.

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Alanamu was ordered to pay the sum of N25 million pursuant to section 20 of the ICPC law which states: “Without prejudice to any sentence of imprisonment imposed under this Act, a Public Officer or other person found guilty of soliciting, offering or receiving gratification shall forfeit the gratification and pay a fine of not less than five times the sum of the value of the gratification which is the subject-matter of the offence…”

Justice Abdulgafar also sentenced Sulaiman to five and seven years imprisonment respectively. earlier reported that the ICPC said it recovered N26 billion from 2015 till date from public officials and companies.

The chairman of the commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, May 26, said the recoveries included cash and houses. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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