Employment Scam: Court jails NSCDC commandant for 5 years


A Katsina State High Court has sentenced a Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Christopher Oluchukwu, to a five-year jail term.

That was after the trial court found the NSCDC top official guilty of involvement in employment scam.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had arraigned Oluchukwu before the state high court on a nine-count charge of receiving the sum of N200,000 N300,000 and N400,000 respectively from three individuals under the pretext of securing jobs for their children with the NSCDC.

The victims had reported the matter to ICPC after the convict failed to procure them the said job and refused to refund their money.

During the course of the trial, counsel to ICPC, Ibrahim Garba had told the court how the action of the convict negates Sections 8,10 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

One of the counts reads:” That you Christopher Oluchukwu Ugwubujo on or about 25th and 28th day of November, 2014 within the jurisdiction of this court while being a public officer with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) conferred corrupt advantage upon yourself by obtaining a total sum of four hundred thousand naira (N400, 000. 00) for a job placement into NSCDC and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.”

In a judgment on Tuesday, Justice Abbas Bawale found Mr. Oluchukwu guilty on all 9 counts and sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment without option of fine.

Similarly, the trial judge pronounced that the sentences were to run concurrently.

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