Tension Erupts as Details of Why APC Reps Candidate Landed In Court Emerge
- Abazu Benson, an APC candidate for the house of representatives in Imo state has landed in the appeal court for a suit filed by the ICPC
- According to the ICPC, its evidence, which was presented on 3 grounds, is enough to prosecute the politician
- In count 1 of the 3 charges, the anti-graft agency alleged that Benson demanded and collected the sum of N10m from a contractor
Oweri, Imo - Abazu Benson, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ideato North and South federal constituency in Imo state has been dragged to the appeal court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC).
According to The Punch, journalists were able to obtain a copy of the court document in Abuja on Wednesday, January 25.
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The ICPC in the appeal claimed that its 3 grounds of appeal are strong enough to upturn the ruling of the high court and convict Benson.
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In count 1 of the 6-count charge filed at the high court, the ICPC alleged that Benson, when he was a public officer, demanded and received N10m from a contractor as gratification on April 14, 2014.
The anti-graft agency then posited that based on Section 10(a) of the ICPC Act, the defendant committed a crime that attracts 7 years imprisonment.
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Evidence 3 by the ICPC further showed that when Benson was also still in office, Benson registered a company, Transtell Nigeria Limited, which he used to collect bribes and he was the sole signatory to the company's account.
The ICPC noted that his against is against the code of conduct for public officers.
According to the anti-corruption agency, it was also alleged that Benson demanded and received N4m and N3m from the same contractor respectively.
Obi's Endorsement: APC takes swipe against Obasanjo, reveals what ex-president must learn at 85
Legit.ng earlier reported that the APC in Lagos has warned former President Olusegun Obasanjo to desist from fueling the polity in the name of endorsement.
Seye Oladejo, the spokesperson of the Lagos APC, urged the octogenarian to learn to enjoy retirement like other former heads of state and presidents.
Oladejo, who also spoke on Tinubu's health, disclosed that no presidential candidate has been campaigning like the APC candidate.