Umar Abubakar, has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) for allegedly defrauding a “desperate” job seeker the sum of N200,000 to secure him a job with the commission.
Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC spokesperson, who disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday said the suspect is before Justice Hafsat Abdulrahman, of the Adamawa State High Court 1, in Yola, the state capital.
She further revealed that the suspect, who is facing a 3-count charge bordering on alleged forgery and employment scam had fraudulently faked, signed and issued a letter of temporary appointment from the anti-graft commission to deceive and extort his victim.
Part of the statement reads:
“The Commission in a Charge No: HC/ADSY/127C/2022, accused the defendant of obtaining by false pretense the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000) from an unsuspecting job seeker with the promise that he was going to help his victim secure an employment with ICPC.
“In a 3-count charge, ICPC informed the Court of how the accused person fraudulently faked, signed and issued a letter of temporary appointment from the anti-graft Commission to his victim when he knew such a letter did not emanate from the Commission.
“The Court was further told that the defendant demanded for gratification in the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) to enable him carry out the nefarious exercise.
“His actions are contrary to Section 17(1)(a) and punishable under Section 68 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and contrary to, and punishable under Section 1 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 as well as contrary to Section 349 punishable under Section 351 of the Penal Code Law of Adamawa State 2018.”
When the charges were read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges and his counsel moved a bail application on his behalf.
Bail was granted the accused person by the trial judge in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum who must reside within jurisdiction of the Court.
The matter was adjourned to the June 15, for commencement of trial.