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N2.5bn Fraud: You Have A Case To Answer, Court Tells Kawu, Others


Kawu was appointed as NBC DG in 2016 Photo: @Kawu.Modibbo/Facebook


The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the enchantment filed by the suspended Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Moddibbo Kawu, difficult the choice of the Federal High Court to dismiss the no-case submission he filed on the decrease court docket.

This was disclosed in an announcement issued on Tuesday by the spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua.

ICPC had collectively charged Kawu, Mr. Lucky Omoluwa (late Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Ltd) and Dipo Onifade, Chief Operating Officer of the identical firm earlier than Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa for allegedly paying the sum of N2.5 billion seed grant for the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) challenge to Pinnacle Communications Limited.

In a 12-count cost, they had been arraigned for abuse of workplace, cash laundering and deceptive a public officer with the intent to defraud the Federal Government, in contravention of Sections 26 (1) (c) and punishable below the Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

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Kawu, via his counsel, A. U. Mustapha (SAN) filed a no-case submission in December 2019 on the shut of the prosecution’s case, praying the court docket to discharge and acquaint him of the cost introduced in opposition to him by ICPC.

Justice Ogunbanjo-Giwa whereas delivering her ruling in February 2020 held that ICPC had established a prima facie in opposition to Kawu, Onifade and Pinnacle Communications Limited, and dominated that they’ve a case to reply.

The suspended NBC boss and his co-accused then approached the appellate court docket to upturn the judgment of the Federal High Court.

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