ICPC Arraigns University Don Over $40,000 Bribe

The defendant, Professor John Kester Ifeanyichukwu

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has arraigned a university professor over allegations of bribery and inducement of officers of the Commission.

The anti-graft Commission made this known on Tuesday, 17 May, 2022, in a statement on its official Twitter handle @ICPC_PE.

TheFact Nigeria reports that Professor John Kester Ifeanyichukwu who was brought before Honourable Justice A.O. Otaluka of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), High Court 12, sitting in Apo, Abuja, was accused of issuing a cheque valued at $40,000 to a staff of the Commission.

The cheque was part of the $50,000 and a house in Abuja, promised to the officer to compromise investigation by retrieving the accused person’s devices, MacBook S/N CIML8BUGDTY3, MacBook S/N W80204J7ATN and iPhone pro11, which were in the custody of ICPC for investigative activities.

John Kester Ifeanyichukwu had earlier been reported to the Commission by the Presidency for alleged acts bordering on corruption, extortion and money laundering.

ICPC informed the court of how the defendant induced one of its operatives to smuggle out a particular iPhone and a laptop and to replace them with a dummy that was to be provided by his personal assistant.

Professor Ifeanyichukwu’s action is contrary to Section 18 (b) and punishable under Section 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him, following which, he was therefore admitted to bail in the sum of N10 million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and one of them must have a landed property in Abuja.

The trial judge also ordered that the defendant’s international passport and other valid travel documents must be submitted to the court before the next adjourned date otherwise his bail will be revoked.

The case has been adjourned to the 21st of June 2022 for commencement of hearing.

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