*Faces possible 10 years jail term
Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged a whistleblower, Mr. Abubakar Sani Chindo to a Kaduna State High Court, sitting in Kaduna for allegedly providing false and misleading information to the Commission that former Vice President Namadi Sambo stashed huge sums of money in his house.
In a two-count charge filed before Justice M. T. Aliyu, ICPC accused Mr. Chindo of misleading the Commission as a whistle-blower, an action that contravenes Sections 64 (3) and 25 (a,b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same sections.
The information provided by the whistleblower had led to the unwarranted raid of the residence of Namadi Sambo, the immediate past vice president of the country located at Alimi Road, Kaduna. The accused, who appeared in court without a defence counsel, pleaded not guilty to the charge when read to him but however prayed Justice Aliyu to grant him bail.
The trial judge refused his bail application noting that the accused needed a lawyer to perfect his bail conditions, and therefore remanded him in prison custody to perfect the conditions.
If convicted, Mr. Chindo faces a prison term of 10 years or a fine not exceeding N100, 000 as provided by Section 64 (3) of the Act, a statement by Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, Head of Information at ICPC said.