S’Court Chief Registrar, 2 others docked for allegedly stealing N2.2bn

S'Court Chief Registrar, 2 others docked for allegedly stealing N2.2bn

Three top management staff of the Supreme Court of Nigeria are to face criminal charges over an alleged N2.2 billion fraud.

The top staffers are the Chief Registrar, Saleh Gambo, Deputy Director of Finance, Sharif Abdulrahman and the Assistant Director of Finance, Rilwanu Lawal.

The charges against them were filed by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, in accordance with Sections 104 and 379 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

According to the charges, the suspect were alleged to have diverted money belonging to the Supreme Court to private bank accounts and also received kickbacks from contractors handling projects for the apex court between 2009 and 2016.

Below are the charges against the suspects:

“That you Ahmed Gambo Saleh, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif, and Rilwanu Lawal, are charged with the following offences:

Count One
Statement of Offence: Conspiracy, contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Act CAP 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004 punishable under Section 97 of the same Act.
Particulars Of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh “M” Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ and Rilwanu Lawal ‘M’, all of Supreme Court of Nigeria between 2009 and 2016 did agree to do an illegal act to wit: diverted the total sum of N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal bank accounts domiciled at United Bank For Africa PLC a/c no 2027642863, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code Act and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004.

Count Two
Statement of Offence: Criminal Breach of Trust contrary to Section 315 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under the same Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh “M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ and Rilwanu Lawal “M” all of Supreme Court of Nigeria between 2009 and 2016 being entrusted with property and/or dominion over property belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria in your capacity as public officers, committed the offence of Criminal Breach of Trust to wit: diversion of the total sum of N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal bank accounts domiciled at United Bank for Africa Plc a/c no: 2027642863 contrary to section 315 of the Penal code Act cap 532 LEN (Abuja) 2004.

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Count Three
Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by Public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by Public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act. “
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh “M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ and Rilwanu Lawal “M” all of Supreme Court of Nigeria, being public officers, between 2009 and 2016, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, received gratification in the sum of ten million naira N10,000,000 from Willysdave Ltd, a private contractor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Act.

Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by Public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh “M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ and Rilwanu Lawal “M” all of Supreme Court of Nigeria, being public officers, between 2009 and 2016, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, obtained gratification in the sum of N 6,000,000 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Act.

Count Five
Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by Public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh “M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ And Rilwanu Lawal “M” all of Supreme Court of Nigeria, and being public officers, between 2009 and 2016, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, obtained gratification in the sum of N 6,000,000 from Welcon Nig. Ltd, a contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count Six
Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh W, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ And Rilwanu Lawal ‘M’, in your respective official capacities as staff of the Supreme Court of Nigeria between 2009 and 2016, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, obtained gratification in the sum N 2,400,000.00 from Welcon Nigeria Ltd, a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a)(i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count Seven
Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh ‘M’, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ‘M’ And Rilwanu Lawal ‘M’, all of Supreme Court of Nigeria and being public officers, on January 9, 2015 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the honourable court, obtained a gratification in the sum of N 16,000,000.00 from Dean Musa Nig. Limited, a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count Eight
Statement of Offence; Taking gratification by public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh “M, Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharifm and Rilwanu Lawal M’, all of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, being public officers, between 2009 and 2016 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, obtained a gratification in the sum of N19,000,000.00 from Ababia Ventures Ltd being a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10 (a)(i) of the independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.

Count Nine
Statement of Offence: Taking gratification by public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Particulars of Offence: Ahmed Gambo Saleh ‘Mù Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif ,Ùm” Ahmed Gambo Saleh And Rilwanu Lawal M’, all of Supreme Court of Nigeria, being public officers, between 2009 and 2016, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained gratification in the sum of N21,000,000.00 from MBR Computers Ltd, a private contractor who provided services to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the Same Section of the Act.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…

 

 

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