Civil Defence Corps Commandant bags 5-year jail term for employment scam

The Katsina State High Court has convicted a commandant with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Christopher Oluchukwu for participating in an employment scam, and found guilty on all nine counts of employment scam brought against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Penpushing reports that a statement by the commission stated that the convicted commandant was accused of receiving sums of money from individuals, promising them job placements at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

The statement said three victims reported the matter to the commission after the promised jobs failed to materialise and their funds were not refunded, adding that the victims each paid N200,000, N300,000, and N400,000, respectively.

Penpushing also reports that counsel for the commission, Ibrahim Garba, during the trial outlined how Oluchukwu’s actions violated sections 8, 10, and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The prosecution detailed instances of corrupt practices, including the acceptance of bribes for job placements within the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), explaining that the agency act which the officer was prosecuted criminalises different forms of corruption, including bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of office, and prescribes penalties for those found guilty of these offences.

‘That you Christopher Oluchukwu Ugwubujo on or about the 25th and 28th day of November 2014 within the jurisdiction of this Court while being a public officer with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) conferred corrupt advantage upon yourself by obtaining a total sum of four hundred thousand naira (N400, 000. 00) from one…for a job placement for her daughter into NSCDC and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000’, one of the count reads

Penpushing reports that the statement said the trial judge, Justice Abbas Bawale sentenced the commandant to five years imprisonment without an option of a fine, while the sentences are to run concurrently.

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