N2.8bn Fraud: Abuja Court Takes Decision on Ex-Surveyor General of the Federation

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on Monday, arraigned the former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Ebisintei Awudu, before an Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama.

Ebisintei Awudu, the former Surveyor-General of the Federation, has been granted bail by an Abuja court on Monday, July 12.

According to the report, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Maitama set the bail for Awudu

whose arraignment was before Justice Olusegun Adeniyi at N100 million.

Justice Adeniyi ruling on the application also asked the defendant to produce a surety who must be

a director-general or a permanent,

The former surveyor-general of the federation, Awudu was docked on a 22-count charge bordering on alleged contract fraud and breach of public trust. Among his accusations is also

awarding multiple contracts worth over N2 billion to a company where he was a director as well as a shareholder.

His accusation also includes receiving over N300m as gratification from a contractor executing different contracts

for the Office of Surveyor-General of the Federation.

The Prosecution told the court that Defendant, by his action, committed an offense contrary to Section (10) (a) (i) and punishable under Section 10 (a) (ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

While Awudu pleaded not guilty to all counts, his counsel, F.B Olorogun, urged the court to grant his client bail.

Pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions, the former surveyor-general was remanded in ICPC custody. The judge adjourned the case to September 13 for the commencement of trial.

By Taiyelolu A

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