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ICPC arraigns two for N72.6m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related
Offences Commission has arraigned two officials of the
National Anti-corruption Volunteer Corps, Akinyemi
Badejogun and Bakare, for an alleged theft of

Badejogun and Bakare are the Coordinator and the
Treasurer respectively of the Lagos Chapter of NACV.

The ICPC on Tuesday charged them with 36 counts before
Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of Lagos State High Court in

But two officers pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

However, the ICPC, in its charge before the court, alleged
that Badejogun and Bakare conspired to commit felony,
stole and fraudulently converted funds belonging NAVC to
their own personal use.

They were also accused of making false and misleading
statement to an operative of the ICPC.

The offences, the commission, alleged were committed
between December 2010 and November 28,2011.

In one of the counts, Badejogun and Bakare allegedly
conspired to transfer a sum of N55m from one NAVC’s
account in Fidelity Bank into another account belonging to
the corps in the same bank.

According to the ICPC, the accused did this to confer
corrupt advantage on themselves and thereby ran foul of
sections 19 and 26(1)(c) of the ICPC Act 2000.

In another instance, the accused persons allegedly
fraudulently transferred N800,000 from the account of the
Trustees of the Lagos Chapter of NAVC in Fidelity Bank and
converted same to their own.

The ICPC said this contravene sections 516 and 390(8)(b)
and is punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal
Code Act Cap 38, Vol. 4 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,

They were also accused to have at several other instances
stolen varying sums of money running into millions of naira
from the corps account and that of its trustees.

The ICPC further charged Badejogun and Bakare for
violating Section 25 (1)(a) of the ICPC Act 2000, saying they
were liable to being punished under section 25 (1)(b) of the

Following their arraignment and guilty plea, Lawal-Akapo
adjourned till July 3, 2015 to entertain their applications for

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