In Kogi State, Nigeria, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) has brought an ex-Commissioner before a competent court of records on the ground of corruption, the arraignment of the ex-Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi State, Zaccheaus Atte, was on the ground of eight counts charges bordering on financial impropriety and abuse of public office.
It was disclosed by the ICPC that the ex-commissioner was culpable in an alleged N35.5million fraud, an offence cntrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Section 19 of the Act states as follows: “Any public officer who uses his office or position to gratify or confer any corrupt or unfair advantage upon himself or any relation or associate of the public officer or any other public officer shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for five (5) years without option of fine”
The ex-commissioner was arraigned before a competent court of court at the High Court in Okene, Kogi state before the Hon. Justice Josiah Joe Majebi, the Registrar of the court read the charge sheet to the accused person and every other salient procedure of the trial and the ex-commissioner was asked whether he understood the charges as read and preferred against him or not by the agency.
The ex-commissioner replied that he understood the charge as read and preferred against him and therefore pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
It was disclosed, the charge sheet contained the following counts against the ex-commissioner, that the ex-commissioner used his office as the Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi State to convert the sum of N11, 937, 000 under the pretext of purchasing and distributing 200, 000 palm seedlings to Kogi State Oil Palm Farmers in February, 2015, among others.
The lawyer to the ex-commissioner orally argued and pleaded the court to grant his client the ex-commissioner bail on self recognizance.
The agency prosecuting counsel/lawyer did not object or opposed the bail application as prayed by the ex-commissioner’s lawyer before the court.
The Hon. Court with an eagle eye and keen detailed oriented Judge observed that observed that the motion before the court for bail was improper and unripe for proper hearing before the court on the ground that the motion paper was undated.
Meanwhile, Justice Medubi remanded the accused person in prison till June 20, 2017.
The High Court in Okene, Kogi state before the Hon. Justice Josiah Joe Majebi, who court is founded on law, equity and justice without bias therefore gave an order that the accused person, the ex-Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi State, Zaccheaus Atte be remanded in prison custody till the next adjourned date, 20, June 2017 for hearing of the motion and continuation of trial.
Case adjourned till 20 June 2017.
From the angle of Youthrevolutionary centre it was disclosed that leaders must live by example but when public leaders, the people holds in high esteemed dashed the hope and trust entrusted in their care, ones continue to wander the kind of leadership a nation is breeding.