Alleged N9bn Fraud: ICPC Arraigns Former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu

The Independent Corrupt Practice Commission, ICPC, has arraigned the former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu before a FCT High Court in Abuja for alleged over nine billion naira fraud.

The Commission, filed 22-count charges against him on the grounds of abusive of office to enrich himself through contracts

According to the charge, the accused in the month of October 2014 or thereabout at Abuja while being a Public Officer to wit a Director in the Office of Surveyor General of the Federation have a private interest in the contract of the Maintenance of Data Centre awarded by the office of the Surveyor General.

He was also accused of giving unfair and undue advantages to some company to get the contract.

Awudu was accused to obtain the sum of $656,000 from the Managing Director of M. Yahaya Associate a contractor and thereby committed an offence.

The defendant was also accused of obtaining 35 per cent of the total value of a contract award to F.A Kassim Survey Associate thereby committing an offence.

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Arraigning the defendant, the ICPC Counsel, Mr. Wahab Shittu urged the court to take his plea while praying for acceleration hearing.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.

Subsequently, the court presided over by Justice Adeniyi granted him bail in the sum of one hundred million naira with a surety in likes sum.

He is also to deposit his international travel documents with the court.

The surety must be equivalent to a Permanent Secretary in the Civil Service of the state or federation.

The matter has been adjourned till matter to September 23, 24, 26 and 27, 2021.

Wahab Akinlade

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