ICPC Arraigns Ex-staff of FRSC for Corruption

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A former official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Anska Ezra Asawa has been arraigned before Justice Folashade A. Ojo of the Federal High Court, Maitama, sitting in Abuja for allegedly diverting the salaries of his colleague for his own personal use.

Asawa was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a 2-count charge of conferring corrupt advantage on himself, thereby committing an offence that contravenes Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The suspect was arraigned after investigation had been concluded, based on an anonymous petition received by ICPC.

The charge sheet read by the court registrar stated that, as a schedule officer for salaries at the FRSC National Headquarters, Zone 7 Abuja, Asawa allegedly used his office to divert the sum of N323, 000, being the February and March, 2016 salaries of a colleague into the Skye Bank account of his uncle, Ezra Theodore Asawa.

After the charges were read, the suspect pleaded not guilty and the defence counsel, Mr. Daniel Amos made application for bail which was not opposed by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Sunny Ezeana of ICPC.

Justice Ojo granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 and asked him to produce two sureties resident in Abuja.

The trial was adjourned to 6th November, 2017 for commencement of hearing.

Signed: Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, mni
Spokesperson for the Commission

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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