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Alleged N2.2bn Diversion: Supreme Court Chief Registrar, Accountant to be Arraigned Thursday


The trial of the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN), Ahmed Gambo Saleh and two other senior officials of the apex court is to commence, Thursday, at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), sitting in Jabi, Abuja.
The others to be arraigned with the Chief Registrar are Muhammed Abdulrahman Sherif, the Director Finance and the Chief Accountant, Rilwanu Lawal,
They are to face a nine-count criminal charge for allegedly diverting N2.2bn belonging to the Supreme Court.
The three defendants will appear before Justice Abba Mohammed sitting at Court No. 28, FCT High Court, Jabi, Abuja.
The accused persons were alleged to have agreed to divert N2.2bn belonging to the Supreme Court into personal bank account domiciled at the United Bank for Africa Plc account No. 2027642863 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Act.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused persons committed criminal breach of trust between 2009 and 2016 when they were entrusted with the property of the apex court.
It was alleged that the accused persons obtained gratifications totalling N80 million contrary to Section 10 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences (ICPC) Act.
It was also alleged that they obtained N2.4m gratification from Welcon Nigeria Ltd, N16m from Dean Musa Nig. Ltd, N19m from Ababia Ventures Ltd, all being private contractors who provided services to the apex court.
The second count reads: “Ahmed Gambo Saleh, “M” Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif “M” and Rilwanu Lawal “M” all of Supreme Court of Nigeria between 2009 and 2016 being entrusted with property and dominion over property belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in your capacity as public officers, committed the offence of Criminal Breach of Trust to wit: diversion of the total sum of Two Billion, N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal bank accounts domiciled at United Bank for Africa Plc a/c no: 2027642863 contrary to Section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004″.

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