ICPC arraigns NSTIF staff for defrauding job seekers of N7.1m

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a staff of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Ukwunna Anthony, before an Abuja high court for allegedly defrauding job seekers of N7.1 million.

But he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He has since been admitted to bail in the sum of N2 million and one surety in like sum.

In the six-count charge preferred against him by ICPC, Anthony was accused of receiving a 7.1 million gratification through his Access Bank account from one Egejuru and making false statements to an officer of the commission in the course of his official duty.

According to the charge sheet, his actions violated sections 10, 19 and 25 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same act.

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He was also said to have admitted to the crime during the investigation and had made refunds to the victims.

In a statement issued and signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa,on Tuesday, ICPC had, during proceedings in the case gave the court a clear picture of how Anthony allegedly committed the fraud.

The statement said the commission informed the court that the defendant had demanded and received specifically the sum of N7, 150, 000 from several individuals in exchange for jobs with the NSITF.

He was said to be working with one Ogechi Egejuru, who had paid him for herself and was said to have acted as a middleman between him and many other job seekers.

However, the defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him, as his counsel, Uche Ibiam, approached the court with an application for bail.

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Justice Mohammed, while ruling on the bail application, admitted him to bail in the sum of N2 million and one surety in like sum.

The case was then adjourned to November 7, 2019, for hearing.