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Whistleblower Imprisoned ‘For Misleading ICPC On Ex-VP Sambo

One Abubakar Sani Chindo has been arraigned at a Kaduna high court for allegedly providing false information on former vice president Namadi Sambo.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) accused Chindo of providing false information that huge sums of money were stashed at the Kaduna residence of Sambo.

The accused who is standing trial for a two-count charge pleaded “not guilty”.

Elijah Akaakohol, ICPC counsel, who read out the charge before the court, said Sani gave the false information on June 21, 2017.

The charge reads:‎ “That sometime in 2013 you conveyed a huge sums of money both in the Nigerian and other foreign currencies from Abuja Airport to a house in Ungwan Rimi GRA, Kaduna on the directive of a retired Army officer which money you suspected to be ill-gotten wealth and still laying in boxes in that said house at the moment of your report.

“And of which you made the officer of the commission of the ICPC to carry out a sting operation that turned out to be false.

“You thereby committed an offence, contrary to, and punishable under section 64 (3) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act 2000.”

Although Sani prayed the court to grant him bail, he was denied by M.T Aliyu, the judge.

The judge who remanded him in prison held that the accused needed a lawyer to perfect his bail conditions.

If convicted, Chindo faces a prison term of ten years or a fine not exceeding N100, 000 as provided by section 64 (3) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act.

On June 28, operatives of the ICPC raided the Kaduna residence of Sambo.

Three days later, the former vice-president cried out that his house had been searched four times “in six months”.

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