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Arraignment of Supreme Court Chief Registrar stalled

17 November 2016, 21:43

Abuja - The absence of the 2nd defendant in the alleged N2.2 billion corruption case filed against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court SCN, Ahmed-Gambo Saleh, on Thursday stalled his arraignment in an FCT High Court, Abuja.

The Federal Government had on Nov. 4 slammed a nine-count corruption charges against Saleh, Muhammed-Abdulrahman Sharrif, the Director of Finance and Rilwanu Lawal, the Chief accountant of the apex court.

They are all charged with conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and accepting gratification as public officer.

The defendants are also accused of diverting the sum of N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, between 2009 and 2016, to their personal banks accounts domiciled with the United Bank for Africa Plc.

The offence is in contravention of Section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.

The defendants are also charged with contravening the provision of Section 96 of the Penal Code Act.

Also read: FG files charges against Justice Ngwuta of Supreme Court

They allegedly obtained gratification totaling N80million contrary to the ICPC Act.

The Federal Government also alleged that the defendants obtained N2.4million gratification from Welcon Nigeria Ltd, N16million from Dean Musa Nig. Ltd and N19million from Ababia Ventures Ltd, all private contractors who provided services to the SCN.

Their arraignment before Justice Abba-Bello Mohammed of the FCT High Court Jabi on Thursday was, however, stalled due to the absence of Sheriff, the 2nd defendant.

Mr Garba Tentengi, Sheriff’s Counsel, informed the court that the 2nd defendant was indisposed and presently on a sick bed at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

Justice Mohammed adjourned re-arraignment of the defendants to Dec. 15.

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