ICPC re-arraigns former Nasarawa governorship candidate, 4 others for corruption

High court
High court

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), has re-arraigned a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, in Nasarawa State, Yusuf Agabi.

Mr. Agabi and four others, Akpore Okeroghene, Abibu Ayinla, Idowu Adewale and Ntu James were brought Thursday before a High Court in Abuja, for alleged corruption, involving various sums allegedly obtained from the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Mr. Agabi, a former director of finance in the ministry, was earlier arraigned in September 2015, for allegedly diverting N715million.

He was arraigned at the time on a 41-count charge of forgery and fraud.
Mr. Agabi later requested the chief judge of the FCT High Court to reassign the matter, leading to its stoppage last year.

In the new case filed Thursday, the ICPC added five additional charges, including abuse of office and breach of trust.
The commission said the new charges followed further investigations which showed unauthorised withdrawal of N605 million by the accused persons in 2014.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The matter was adjourned to March 1 and 3.

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