ICPC arraigns Ortom’s aide over N4.7b contract scam

By AdvocateNews on 09/12/2019

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned Stephen Amase, the principal private secretary to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, and a former Commissioner for Works, Mr. Manger T Emmanuel, over  alleged N4.7billion fraud.

It said the suspects were charged before Justice S.O Itodo of  the  Benue State High Court  in Makurdi.

A statement by the ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat  Okoduwa, says: “The suspects  were arraigned for conferring unfair advantage upon themselves and for holding indirect private interests in a contract valued at N4,766,858,449.63.” The  offence  which was committed in  March 2016 contravenes Sections 12 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

Amase, said the statement,  used his position as Ortom’s principal private secretary,  “to secure the N4,766,858,445.63  contract to Tongyi New International Construction Limited  from the government he is serving, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

It quoted the ICPC Prosecution Counsel , Mr. G. O Iwuagwu,  as telling the  court  that Emmanuel conspired with Amase  to award the  contract  by  misleading the State Tenders Board and State Executive Council.

The counts were read  and the accused persons pleaded not guilty.

The Defence counsel, Mr. C. A. K. Asheka (SAN), made application for their bail, which was not opposed by the prosecution counsel.

Posted 09/12/2019 06:21:42 AM

 

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