Mr. Emmanuel Ibe, Director of Finance in the Police Service Commission (PSC), has been arraigned before Justice C.N. Oji of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 21, Apo.
He was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over alleged mismanagement of N11, 750, 000 belonging to PSC. Mr. Ibe was arraigned by ICPC on a 9-count charge.
Counsel to ICPC, Golden Iwuagwu, while pressing the charge against the Director stated that he fraudulently paid N11, 750, 000 to some selected staff of PSC in March 2015, as airfare and airport taxi allowances to travel from Abuja to seven states within Nigeria on official duties. He did so, even when there were no connecting flights from Abuja to any of those states.
The court was told by that Mr. Ibe allegedly facilitated the payment of the money to the said staff of PSC to travel from Abuja to Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Kaduna, Kogi, Nassarawa and the FCT, thereby contravening Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section.
According to the charges; “That you Emmanuel Ibe, in the month of March 2015, or thereabouts, at Abuja, being the Director of Finance of the Police Service Commission did use your office to confer corrupt advantage upon selected staff of the Police Service Commission by paying them the sum of N11, 750, 000 as return airfare and airport taxi fare for flights between Abuja and the FCT, Kogi, Bauchi, Kaduna, Nassarawa, Plateau, Benue and Niger states when there are no commercial flights between Abuja and these states thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.”
However Mr. Ibe pleaded not guilty to the charge when they were read to him by the trial judge, Justice Oji. His counsel, S. M. Nwosu, then asked the court to grant him bail on self-recognition, saying that the alleged offence was bailable.
While running on the bail application, Justice Oji admitted him to bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a Director in the Public Service of the Federation.