Former Benue SUBEB boss Arraigned Over Alleged N97.5m fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday said it has arraigned a former Chairman of Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Iho Anum Achusa and a worker with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Abuja, Mr. Donald Orya Anagenda, for alleged N97.5million contract fraud.A statement by commission’s spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the the accused persons were arraigned before Justice A.O Anum of Benue State High Court No.2, Makurdi, and are being tried for conspiracy, bribery and using their offices to confer corrupt advantage on themselves.

They face a four-count charge of contravening sections 12, 18(d), 19 and 26(1c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The statement said:  “The prosecuting counsel of ICPC, Sunny Ezeana Esq and Abayomi Adepoju Esq averred that sometime between October and November 2013, the accused “conspired… to knowingly hold private interest in a contract awarded by Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to Brown Sugar Global Resources Limited for training of teachers on ICT to the tune of N97,500,000 and thereby committed an offence contrary to  Section 26(1)(c) punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000”.
“The first accused, Mr. Donald Orya, while being in the employ of UBEC, Abuja was further charged for ‘’knowingly holding private interest in a contract awarded by SUBEB to Brown Sugar Global Resources Limited for training of teachers on ICT contrary to and punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000’.
“The second accused, Mr. Iho Achusa was also charged for ‘’conferring corrupt advantage upon himself when he received N14,000,900 from the contract sum and committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000’’.
Mr. Iho Achusa, while in the service of SUBEB, was accused of accepting the sum of N14,000,900 only from Donald Orya through Brown Sugar Global Resources Limited as reward for the contract he awarded to the company, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 18(c) and punishable under Section 18(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Orya pleaded not guilty while Achusa, through his counsel, informed the court of his intention to challenge the competence of the charges brought against him.
The judge granted the accused persons bail and adjourned till October 14.
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