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Alleged Corruption: ICPC Arraigns Ex-Court Registrar, Wife Over Litigant’s N80m

 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former workers of the Judiciary, Mr Joseph Udoh, and his spouse over allegations of cash laundering.

Udoh, a former registrar with the Kaduna Division of the Federal High Court and his spouse, Mrs Grace, had been arraigned earlier than Justice Mallong Hoommuck on 12 counts.

In an announcement on Sunday, ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, mentioned Udoh was alleged to have misappropriated an quantity exceeding N80 million from the cash that had been deposited within the court docket by a litigant.

He reportedly issued cheques within the title of his spouse who was additionally a workers of the court docket however in Abuja, and used the cash to amass properties in some main cities throughout the nation.

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The defendants, nonetheless, pleaded not responsible when the fees had been learn to them.

Their counsel, S. M. Essienakak, knowledgeable the court docket that they’d served the prosecution with a bail utility and prayed the court docket to grant his purchasers bail on non-stringent circumstances.

Essienakak gave assurance that the couple wouldn’t evade bail.

But counsel to ICPC, Shehu Yahaya, strongly against the bail utility on the grounds that the angle of the defendants instructed that in the event that they had been granted bail, they may intrude with the processes.

He knowledgeable the court docket that 4 of the witnesses to be known as by the prosecution had been members of workers of the Kaduna Division of the court docket, the place one of many defendants had served as a registrar.

After listening to arguments of counsel on each side Justice Hoommuck granted the defendants bail within the sum of N10 million.

He additionally requested them to offer two sureties in like sum who should be members of the authorized career and should personal properties in a Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Kaduna.

The decide, thereafter, adjourned the matter till January 28, 29, and 30, 2020, for the continuation of listening to.

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