ICPC docks NSCDC deputy commandant over N26.7m fraud 




The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has docked a Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Edike Mboutidem Akpan, for defrauding prospective home owners of N26,655,000.

A statement by ICPC spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, Thursday, said Mr. Akpan was charged before Justice V. S. Gaba of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Kwali, Abuja on a 17-count charge, that include using a private real estate company, Danemy Nig Ltd, to defraud land subscribers.

The charge sheet revealed that the deputy commandant convinced many subscribers with the claim of being in partnership with NSCDC, to pay various sums of money for plots of land both in Karshi, Nasarawa state and Sabon Lugbe Extension, Airport Road, Abuja, which were never allocated to them.

ICPC told the court that the offence, committed between 2010 and 2015, violated Sections 19 and 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and was punishable under Section 19 of the same Act.

In one of the charges, Mr. Akpan was alleged to have conferred undue advantage on himself when he allegedly received N13, 350,000 in 2011 from a subscriber, Mr. Igwe Onus Nwankwo, through his company Danemy Nig Ltd, as payments for 10 plots of land at Airport Road.

He was at various times alleged to have received N1,305,000 from Doctors Robert Okoro and Akuneme Marcel Ikwuoma, each,  for the allocation of plots of land at the Defenders Family Estate Homes Scheme, Airport Road.

Justice Gaba thereafter admitted him to bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must show proof of residing in his or her personal house.

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