Fraud: Ogbulafor, two others know fate Thursday

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Jul 21st, 2014
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Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and two others standing trial on a 17 count-charge will know their fate on Thursday.

The Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) on May 10, 2010 arraigned Ogbulafor, Emeka Ebilah and Jude Nwokoro, before an FCT High Court presided by Justice Ishaq Bello.

They were charged with offences bothering on abuse of office and defrauding the Federal Government of N107 million in 2005 by using their position in the National Economic Intelligence Committee.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Besides, the ICPC had alleged that Ogbulafor collected “kick-backs’’ amounting to two million naira and N28 million from Ebilah, and one Chris Nwoke, respectively to facilitate the release of the funds.

During Ebilah’s cross examination in September 25, 2013, he told the court that the ICPC compelled him to refund N4.39 million to the Federal Government.

Ebilah told the court that his statement to the ICPC was made under duress.

“I was humiliated and dehumanised with a gun placed on my head when the ICPC took my statement.

“I was humiliated, downgraded and put in a room without airconditioner and was also asked by one Basil Mohmodu and Prince Hassan, to write what they want me to write for then. My passport was collected,’’ Ebilah said.

Ebilah also told the court that he had never met Mohmodu, a staff of the ICPC before April 2006.

 

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