BREAKING: Former Top Court Registrar Arraigned On Heavy Corruption Charges By ICPC

By Post-Nigeria: December 15, 2019 19:19

BREAKING: Former Top Court Registrar Arraigned On Heavy Corruption Charges By ICPC

A former staff of the Judiciary and his spouse, have been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on a charge which borders on money laundering.

Mr. Joseph Etefia Udoh, a former Registrar with the Kaduna Division of the Federal High Court of Justice and his wife, Mrs. Grace Udoh, were arraigned before Justice Mallong Peter Hoommuck, on 12 counts. Mr. Udoh is alleged to have misappropriated an amount exceeding N80 million, from money that had been deposited in the court by a Litigant. He reportedly issued cheques in the name of his wife, who was also a staff of the court, but in Abuja, and used the money to acquire properties in some major cities across Nigeria.

When the charges were read to the Defendants, they however, pleaded not guilty. Their Counsel, Chief S. M. Essienakak, told the court that they had served the Prosecution with a bail application, and prayed the court to grant them bail on non-stringent conditions, as they would not evade bail.

In response, Counsel to the ICPC, Shehu Yahaya, fsi, strongly opposed the bail application, on the grounds that the attitude of the Defendants suggested that if they were granted bail, they might interfere with the processes, as four of the witnesses to be called by the Prosecution were members of staff of the Kaduna Division of FHC, where one of the Defendants had served as a Registrar.

After listening to arguments of the Counsels on both sides, the Judge granted the Defendants bail in the sum of ten million naira only, with two Sureties in like sum, who must be members of the legal profession, and must own properties in a Government Reserved Area, GRA, in Kaduna.    

The matter was adjourned to 28th, 29th, and 30th January, 2020, for continuation of hearing.