Court begins trial of ex-Customs chief, Bridget Okafor

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) has arraigned a former Assistant Comptroller Basic of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Bridget Okafor, earlier than a Federal excessive court docket sitting in Abuja for alleged N3 billion fraud and mismanagement of workplace.

In an announcement signed by its spokesperson, Tony Orilade, on Tuesday, EFCC mentioned Mrs Okafor was charged earlier than Justice Venchak Gaba of the FCT Excessive Courtroom, Kwali, on 13 counts bordering on abuse of workplace.

In keeping with one of many prices, Okafor, who was accountable for the Customs Finance and Income Division, typically in 2015 at its Abuja headquarters, allegedly awarded a N90 million contract to an organization, Erman World Vitality Engineering Nigeria Restricted, an organization through which her youngsters are administrators.

The EFCC mentioned her motion was an offence punishable beneath part 12 of the Corrupt Practices and different Associated Offences Act, 2000.

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In keeping with the EFCC assertion, the defendant pleaded not responsible to all the fees.

It mentioned the counsel for the EFCC, Francis Jirbo, thereafter, requested the court docket for a date for the graduation of trial, with a view to allow the prosecution to current its witnesses.

The defence counsel, Efut Okoi, nevertheless, knowledgeable the court docket of a pending utility earlier than the court docket in search of bail for the defendant.

Arguing the appliance for bail, Okoi, mentioned, “The defendant has never been arraigned before any court for any alleged offence throughout her 35 years of service and she was also granted bail by the prosecution. She is a mother and a wife, hence she cannot jump bail.”

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Okoi prayed the court docket to grant the defendant bail on liberal phrases.

Responding, Jirbo, mentioned he had no case to problem the affidavit, as “she has been on bail by the commission and she always honours the Commission’s invitation”.

Justice Gaba, thereafter, admitted her to bail within the sum of N5 million, with two sureties in like sum, who should be throughout the jurisdiction of the court docket, and who should be civil servants not beneath the Grade Stage 14.

She was additionally ordered to submit her worldwide passport to the court docket registrar.

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Updated: May 22, 2019 — 9:58 pm

1 Comment

  1. Interesting update. Thank you for the heads up. More greese to your be elbow

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