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EFCC Arraigns Top Airforce Official For Taking N166m Bribe
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Air Vice Marshall Olutayo Oguntoyinbo before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja on one count charge of bribery to the tune of N166million.
The accused allegedly received the amount as gratification from a contractor- Societe D’ Equipment Internationaux Nigeria Limited- while he was Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Air force.
This, according to the Anti-graft agency, contravenes Section 17(a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 17(c) of the same Act.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel to the EFCC, Francis Jirbo asked the court to fix a date for hearing to commence after which, counsel to the accused, Henry Ihun, asked that his client be granted bail on liberal terms.
Jirbo however opposed the plea saying he was served with the bail application shortly before the trial began and needed time to respond to it.
Justice Adeniyi ordered that the accused person be remanded in Kuje Prison pending hearing on the bail application and adjourned to June 6, 2016.
In a related development The EFCC has also arraigned a lawyer, Imo Akpan, before Justice Ifiok Ukana of the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo, on a 2- count charge of stealing and obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of N40 million.
The petitioner alleged that the suspect, Barrister Akpan sold a filing station to him for N20 million but later found out that the owner of the property whom the suspect claimed to be his uncle was not aware of the sale and that documents presented by the suspect were forged.
The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges.
However, Justice Ukana adjourned the matter to 6 June, 2016 for hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC custody.