ICPC arraigns ex-NIHSA DG for N603m fraud

A former Director-General of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Mr. John Shamonda, has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission for allegedly mismanaging N603m intervention funds meant for the rehabilitation and replacement of damaged hydrological equipment of the agency.

The ICPC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, that the accused person was arraigned on eight counts before Justice O.A. Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, on offences bordering on the falsification of statements on usage of the relief fund and diversion of part of the funds to service other contracts outside the approved purpose.

The statement said the alleged actions of the accused are contrary to Sections 16, 17 (1) (C), and 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same sections.

The prosecuting counsel for the ICPC, Mr. Okechukwu Igbudu, also accused Shamonda of diverting and spending part of the money on a workshop, which contravenes Section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

After the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to all allegations levelled against him by the anti-graft agency.

Counsel for the accused, Mr. Michael Bello, tendered an application for bail before the court based on the fundamental human rights of his client.

Justice Adeniyi, in his ruling on the application, granted the accused bail in the sum  of N10m and a surety not below the level of a director in the Federal Civil Service or be remanded in ICPC custody till the date of trial if the bail terms were not met.

He further ruled that July 11 and 12, 2016 would be the days for the continuation of trial.

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