N2.2bn Fraud: FG drops charge against S’Court chief registrar, others

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The Federal Government has withdrawn a controversial N2.2billion fraud charge it slammed against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court , Mr Saleh Gambo and two others.

The two others were Muhammed Sharif, and Rilwanu Lawal.

The trio were accused of alleged involvement in a N2.2 billion fraud at the twilight of Justice Mahmud Mohammed’s administration as the helmsman of the nation’s judiciary.

Those who were conversant with developments at the Supreme Court had dismissed the charge as a sham.

The charges, filed on October 3 at a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory by the Attorney General of the Federation, said the accused persons diverted N2.2 billion and received bribes amounting to tens of millions of naira.

Previous attempts to arraign the three defendants in the past were stalled.

Specifically, the nine-count charge pressed against the defendants, Ahmed Saleh, Muhammed Sharif, and Rilwanu Lawal was to the effect that they allegedly diverted N2. 2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court to their personal bank account at the United Bank for Africa, with account number: 2027642863.

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The offence was said to be in contravention of Section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.

The defendants were also charged with contravening the provision of Section 96 of the Penal Code.

The charge also alleged that they obtained gratification totaling N80 million contrary to the ICPC Act.

The Federal Government also alleged that the defendants obtained N2.4million gratification from Welcon Nigeria Ltd, N16million from Dean Musa Nig. Ltd.

The defendants were also alleged to have collected N19million from Ababia Ventures Ltd as gratification.

The companies were private contractors that provided services to the apex court

The Federal Government on Tuesday withdrew all the counts brought against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh, and two others.

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Tprosecution counsel, Hajara Yusuf, said she had received directives to withdraw the charges.

She prayed the court to discharge the matter at its convenience.