ICPC arraigns two contractors for alleged forgery

THE Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the General Manager, AGB Limited, Friday Adodo and a businessman and owner of FMateck Limited, Abdulrasheed Yusuf, for forgery.

According to a statement by the ICPC released on Friday, March 31, the two defendants were accused of forging contract documents. They were initially supposed to be arraigned on March 24 before Justice Abdul Dogo of the Federal High Court, Makurdi, Benue State.

They were arraigned on charges bordering on forging contract documents to bid for a contract at the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority (LBRBDA) Makurdi, Benue State, contrary to section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 58(1) of the Procurement Act, 2007.

The earlier arraignment did not take place due to the absence of the second defendant, Adogo, leading the judge, Justice A. Dogo, to issue a bench warrant for his arrest for violating court proceedings.

The matter was, therefore, adjourned to March 28, 2023.

On the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, March 28, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail by the trial judge on stringent conditions.



    However, Justice Dogo ordered that they should be remanded in the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) until they meet the bail conditions so they would not jump bail.

    The case was adjourned to June 20, 2023 for a hearing.

    In another development, a superintendent with the Nigeria Correctional Service, Eyimoga Moses, was also arraigned by the ICPC for job racketeering.

    According to the ICPC counsel, Bako Alongs, Moses, who works with the Nasarawa State Command of the Service, was arraigned on a one-count charge of corruption for collecting N800,000 from a couple for two vacancy slots at the Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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