EX-MINISTER ARRAIGNED OVER 148MIL NAIRA BRIBE PAID THROUGH POLARIS BANK , SEE PIX

  

DAILY POST reported the arrest of the former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

On Monday, he was docked before Justice S. B. Belgore of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo, Abuja, on a two counts charge of corruption and abuse of office.

Wakil was arraigned alongside two companies, Corozzeria Nigeria Limited and Pikat Properties Nigeria Limited.

EFCC, in one of the counts, said Wakil, “while being Minister and Managing Director of Corozzeria Nigeria Limited on or about 22nd December, 2014, in Abuja, corruptly received N118,000,000 through the company’s Polaris Bank Account No. 4010023658 from Bestworth Insurance Brokers Limited”.

The money was part of the N27,188,232,200 approved outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of PHCN.

The offence was contrary to Section 8(1)(a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 8(1)(b)(ii) of the same Act.

Wakil pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read.

Benjamin Manji, prosecution counsel, asked the court to set a date for commencement of trial and remand the defendant at a Correctional Centre.

B.C. Igwilo (SAN), counsel for the defendants, requested bail for the former minister.

Justice Belgore adjourned the matter until March 31, 2021 for determination of bail application and remanded Wakil in EFCC custody.

Last week, Benjamin Ezra Dikki, ex-Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), was arraigned over similar PHCN severance benefit fraud.

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