An officer and staff of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) identified as Mr. Godwin Abutu, has been charged to court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for allegedly defrauding unsuspecting job seekers of the sum of N150,000,00 in the country.
ICPC in a 5-count charge brought before Justice U.P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 9, sitting in Nyanya, Abuja, stated that Mr. Godwin Abutu had fraudulently solicited and received the total sum of money of N150,000,000 from two job seekers with a promise to assist them secure employment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
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The commission in a Charge No: CR/62/18 told the court of how the money was paid in two tranches into the defendant’s Diamond Bank account.
ICPC stated that his offence is contrary to and punishable under sections 10 (a)ii and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Meanwhile, if he is discovered to be guilty, he shall be sentenced to imprisonment for seven years without an option of fine.
The accused, Godwin Abutu pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
In addition, Abutu’s bail application was refused by the trial judge who ruled that the defendant is remanded in prison custody until the commencement of trial.
The judge further adjourned the case to June 25th 2019, for the commencement of trial.