A whistleblower identified as Abubakar Sani Chindo has been remanded in prison by the Kaduna State High Court for allegedly providing false information against 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 was stashed at the Kaduna residence of Sambo.
Officers from the Department of State Services (DSS) together with the officials of the ICPC had raided Sambo’s house three times, without finding any incriminating document on all occasions on June 28.
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 read:
“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.”
The accused, however, prayed the court to grant him bail, he was denied the judge.
The judge M.T Aliyu who’s presiding over the case remanded him in prison and adjourned the case the case until November 2
If convicted, Chindo might be jailed for ten years or fined nearly N100, 000 as provided by section 64 (3) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act