A former inspector-general of police, Sunday Ehindero, was on Thursday arraigned before an Apo district high court, Abuja, over an alleged N578 million fraud.
Ehindero is being docked on a six-count charge for allegedly misusing N557,995,065 donated by the Bayelsa state government for purchasing equipment for “proper policing of the state”. He was arraigned alongside a former police commissioner, John Obaniyi, by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.
They are being accused of diverting for personal use the sum of N16 million, which was interest generated from the donated fund, according to TheCable.
Furthermore, they’re being charged for lying to officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) that the interest generated from the donated fund was used in an official capacity.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge, after which they were granted bail and the case adjourned to June 19.
The ICPC had on April 11 said it would resume the prosecution of Ehindero and Obaniyi, who were first arraigned in 2012 over the same charges.
The defendants had filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the federal high court on the matter and it eventually landed at the Supreme Court.
The apex court in December ruled that the defendants had a case to answer and should return to the trial court.