Nigerian govt arraigns civil servant found with 86 cars

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The federal government has arraigned a director of finance and account at the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, Ibrahim Tumsah, for alleged fraud.

Mr. Tumsah was indicted by the Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property, after he was found in possession of 86 cars and some landed properties beyond the capacity of what he should earn as a civil servant.

In a suit filed by a senior legal officer for the investigation panel, Celsus Ukpong, on behalf of government, Mr. Tumsah was charged with two-counts of fraud, for allegedly failing to declare his assets to the panel.

The alleged offence is contrary to provision of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) 2004 and punishable under section three of the same act.

The matter was heard in the court presided by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.

Mr. Tumsah was arraigned along with his brother, Tijani Tumsah.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges and were subsequently admitted to bail with a bond of N20 million with two sureties in like sum.

The judge said the surety must be either a business man or a civil servant, not below the rank of grade level 15.

As part of their bail conditions, the defendants were also ordered to deposit their international passports with the court.

According to the judge, if the defendants failed to meet their bail conditions within three days, they will be remanded in prison.

Other properties confiscated by the December 6 court order include: four houses located in the federal capital territory; a quarry plant in Kuje, a suburb of the FCT.


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  • Otunba

    A Civil Servant with 86 Cars in Nigeria? Incredible!

    • Konkolo

      Oga Otunba, the guy na registered car dealer ooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! The mess in that country can not be cleaned peacefully but bloody revolution..

  • Nkem

    I know the source of his income. It must be the quarry from where he must be supplying stones to Ministry of Works contractors.

  • Debekeme

    Oh Lovely! Another civil servant for the Buhari Presidency to clear and re-instate back to work.

    Thats the new style in town now. The Reinstate a criminal style. Tried and tested perfectly with Maina and the NHIS boss.

  • curseless

    The definition for this is simply INSANITY period.

  • Shahokaya

    This is a car hunt , or sorry witches hunt because the guy is from the east.

    • M-olaniyi Odebode

      tRUE! Ibrahim Tumsah is from Amasiri near Afikpo, in Ebonyi State. WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT PROSECUTING ONLY THE EASTERNERS?

      • Kallah Bature

        Hahahaha!!!Humorous.

  • M-olaniyi Odebode

    HOW ARE PEOPLE SURE THESE CARS AND LANDED PROPERTIES ARE NOT LEGITIMATE GIFTS AND PRESENTS TO OUR GREAT CIVIL SERVANT FROM FRIENDS AND WELL-WISHERS? AFTER ALL, THAT WAS HOW THE EX-FIRST LADY DAME JONATHAN ACQUIRED HER WEALTH OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CASH AND PROPERTY!

  • Adam A

    Another ‘nepotism’ . Why prosecuting only Ibos

    • GusO

      I get your humor! If the man was Igbo, many Igbos will be here arguing that he should be allowed to keep his loot.

      • Kallah Bature

        A good reason why we should fight corruption as Nigerians together.

  • Maria

    86 cars? Greed!

  • musa aliero

    Civil servants are the most corrupt bunch! Plenty of high ranking civil servants are far richer than successful business men, richer than governors and ministers! But they know how to stay under the radar and they don’t get much publicity because they are not politicians