N2.2bn fraud: Court grants FG’s request for S’Court registrar’s arraignment

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has granted a request by the Federal government for the arraignment of the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Ahmed Saleh, and two other officials of the court on a nine-counts bordering on gratification and diversion of N2.2 billion belonging to the apex court.

 

The FG, through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), had on November 3, charged Saleh alongside Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif and Rilwanu Lawal with the offences of receiving gratifications totalling N74.4m from private contractors providing services to the Supreme Court between 2009 and 2016.

Although, the arraignment of the defendants was scheduled for Wednesday before Justice A.B Mohammed, neither the accused persons nor their lawyers were present in court.

 

It was learnt that the defendants was yet to be served with the charges as of Wednesday morning.

 

The development forced the prosecuting counsel, Mrs. Hajara Yusuf, to ask for an adjournment to enable the prosecution to produce them in court.

 

She said: “We were made to understand that the matter was assigned to this court just yesterday morning.

 

“We will be asking for an adjournment to enable us to produce the defendants in court.”

 

The judge in granting Yusuf’s request then fixed November 17 for the arraignment of the accused.

Head Of Service Cautions Public Of Fraudsters Using Her Name To Defraud On Facebook

The acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has alerted Nigerians of a Facebook account, opened in her name, and allegedly used to defraud Nigerians seeking employment.

In a statement, the deputy director media relations, Mohammed Manga, said the account neither belongs to the service nor its acting head?,? Ms. Oyo-Ita.

“The attention of the Office of the Head of Civil Service has been drawn to the false face book account created in its name and that of the Acting Head of the Federal Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo- Ita?,” the statement said.

“The false account purportedly carried advertisements for vacancies in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation?.”

He warned Nigerians to desist from using the Facebook account?,? describing it as dubious.

“The Account is a scam created by fraudsters aimed at misleading and duping innocent job seeking public”.

“The Acting Head of the Civil Service has no such account, more so the office of the Head of service does not advertise vacancies for employment in the offices as dubiously stated in the page”.

“The public is therefore warned to disregard the face book account and any information it may carry”, the statement read.

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