NSCDC officer allegedly defrauds jobseekers of N12.2m

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has dragged a Superintendent of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Solomon Ogodo, to court over allegations bordering on forgery, employment racketeering and fraud.

The anti-graft agency’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.

The ICPC, in charge no: CR/503/2022 brought before Justice M.S. Idris of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Jabi, Abuja, accused the defendant of defrauding unsuspecting jobseekers to the tune of N12,200,000.

In the five counts, the commission told the court that the accused person on different occasions hoodwinked members of the public into parting with different sums of money in the guise of securing employments for their relatives in the Nigeria Correctional Services.

The court was further informed of how Ogodo, with the intent to commit fraud, forged offers of provisional appointments for some applicants into the NCoS.

The defendant, however, entered a “not guilty” plea when the charges were read for him.

The defense counsel, Mr Osita Eze, moved a bail application on behalf of his client, which was not opposed by the ICPC counsel, Mr Mashkur Salisu.

The matter was adjourned till January 16, 2023, for definite hearing, as the trial judge admitted the accused person to bail in the sum of N5m with two sureties in like sum.

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