Correction Official Bags Four-Year Jail Term For Job Scam

 

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Gwagwalada, has sentenced an officer with the Kuje Correctional Centre, Ahmed Abdu, to a four-year jail term for engaging in employment scam.

Abdu was charged before the court in 2014 by the Independent Corrupt
Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for defrauding
one Adamu Abubakar of N250, 000.

While handing down the sentence, Justice Abubakar Kutigi said
it would deter other government officials that may want to take
advantage of the unemployment situation in the country to defraud
unsuspecting job seekers.

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He was also said to have collected the same amount from five other
persons to get them employed into any of Nigeria Immigration Service,
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigerian Correctional
Service, and signed an undertaking to refund the money if he failed to
deliver.

ICPC, in a two-count, told the court that the convict used his
position as a public officer to hoodwink his victims into paying money
for jobs that did not exist.

Prior to the sentencing, Abdu who was not represented by a counsel,
pleaded with the court to be lenient with him, adding that he was a
first-time offender, as well as, the first child of his family with a very large number of dependants.

Counsel to ICPC, Ngozi Onwuka, in her submission, prayed the court to
direct Abdu to make restitution by refunding the monies he collected
from other victims to them.

Justice Kutigi, in his ruling, said that even though the court was
mindful of Abdu’s plea for leniency, he was only allowed to apply the
dictates of the extant laws upon which he was charged.

He said that the facts before the court had shown a consistent trait of
the convict using his position as a public officer to lure unsuspecting job seekers to pay for non-existent jobs.

He, therefore, sentenced him to four years imprisonment – two years on
each count – with no option of fine, and that the sentences would run
concurrently.

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An officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Nasiru Saleh, has been put on trial for alleged bribery and employment scam.

Mr Saleh was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) after he solicited the sum of N700,000.00 from a man with the promise to help him secure employment for his two children into NSCDC.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by the Spokesperson for the Commission Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa.

The Commission, in a 4-count charge brought before Honourable Justice Asmau Akanbi-Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 38, sitting in Lugbe, Abuja, told the court that Mr. Saleh had solicited the sum of N700,000.00 from a man with the promise to help him secure employment for his two children into NSCDC.

ICPC also informed the court that the accused person received the sum of N400,000.00 as part payment for the total sum.

The Commission averred that Mr. Salehs action was contrary to and punishable under sections 17 (i)(a), 19 and 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and that if he is found guilty, he shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for five years without an option of fine.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were read to him.

ICPC counsel, Agbili Ezenwa Kingsley, prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison custody pending the determination of the case in view of the offence and the punishment it carries.

However, counsel to the defendant, Ken Obi Duruzo, by way of a written application raised a Motion on Notice for an order of the court to grant his client bail.

In the application which was supported by a 21-paragraph affidavit, Duruzo sought the relief of the court to be liberal in determining the bail conditions.

Though the prosecution counsel was not opposed to the bail application, he urged the court to impose stringent bail conditions, saying that that would compel the defendant to attend his trial.

In a reaction, the defense counsel, relying on the provision of section 165 of ACJA, argued that bail was discretionary and that the prosecution was overstepping its boundary by praying for stringent conditions.

The trial judge in her ruling admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N2,000,000.00 and two sureties in like sum who must be residents of FCT.

The case was then adjourned to September 19th, 2019 for definite hearing.