ICPC arraigns PRODA DG for alleged N23.5m fraud

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned the Director-General of Project Development Institute (PRODA), Enugu, Engr. Dr. Charles Agulanna, before Hon. Justice Buba Ibrahim of the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, for allegedly committing procurement fraud.

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Engr Agulanna, who is facing one-count charge, was alleged by the ICPC to have, sometime in August, 2017 or thereabout, while being the Director General of Projects Development Institute, committed procurement fraud by awarding a  contract for the revaluation of land belonging to PRODA in the sum of N23,500,037.50 to T.O. Thomas & Co., even when the company was not a registered surveyor/valuer and did not submit any memorandum of understanding with any registered surveyor/valuer in its tender bid, an offence contrary to section 58(4)(b) and punishable under Section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

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When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty, and the defense counsel, G.D. Joshua Esq, who had earlier submitted a written bail application, prayed the court to grant his client bail, stating that he was a man of credible personality that would not jump bail.

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The ICPC counsel, O.J. Ochigbo, did not oppose the bail, but prayed the court to grant him bail with stringent conditions.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Buba Ibrahim, therefore, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N5m and two reliable sureties in the like sum.

Justice Ibrahim also ordered the defendant and his sureties to submit 2 passport photographs each to the court, and thereafter adjourned the matter to the 21st of October 2021 for hearing.

  • Courtesy: Azuka Ogugua (Mrs), Spokesperson, ICPC

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