Lagos - The Independent Corrupt
Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has said it arrested a
lawyer, Mr Adeola Adeyanju, for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of
The commission made the disclosure on Tuesday in Lagos in
its recent in-house news bulletin.
The bulletin said that the suspect allegedly forged the
payment mandate of the Ministry of Environment.
The commission, according to the bulletin, alleged that the
suspect moved the said amount from First City Monument Bank where the money had
been domiciled with his Zenith Bank’s personal account.
"On the same day the money hit his account, he again moved
it to a Bureau de Change’s account where the money was converted and paid to
him in dollars,’’ it said.
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It said the suspect’s counsel, Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), had
earlier sought for the enforcement of his client’s fundamental human rights
from an Abuja High Court with an application for bail award of N100 million as
Ikpeazu, according to the anti-graft bulletin, claimed that
the detention of his client was a violation of his human rights, stressing that
the suspect was suffering from a strangulated hernia.
The bulletin said the commission’s counsel, Mr Osuobeni
Akpors, who opposed the bail application, noted that the suspect had allegedly
been a serial offender and that if granted bail, might abscond.
Akpors further stated that the suspect had earlier been
allegedly convicted in another High Court in a suit number FCT/CR/14/04,
stressing that he had shown no sign of repentance.
"Based on the facts before the trial judge, the suspect was
denied bail,’’ the commission added.