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Saraki’s ally, Sa’ad Alanamu, dragged to court by ICPC

*2nd of rejected ICPC Board nominee

Sa’ad Alanamu, the second of two rejected nominees to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has been charged to court for corruption.

Eze Ijezie Sunny, a lawyer, filed an eight-count charge against Alanamu on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

Salman Sulaiman and Namylas Nigeria Ltd were named as co-defendants in the suit.

Alanamu and Maimuna Aliyu made the list of 14 ICPC board appointees announced by the then Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, in August, but it was later alleged that both were candidates were tainted and were on the verge of being charged to court for their alleged criminal involvement in various corrupt acts.

Alanamu was being investigated on corruption charges allegedly committed while he headed several institutions in Kwara State, while Maimuna Aliyu had an alleged longstanding case of abuse of office, misappropriation and diversion of public funds against her.

Maimunat Aliyu came up with her defence in the media. However, she was charged to court on the 24th August, Alanamu’s case was also filed a week later.

Alanamu is being accused of using his position as Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, to collect a ₦5m bribe from Sulaiman and Namylas Nigeria Ltd as condition for awarding a contract to the company.

The offence contravenes Section 19 of the Corrupt Practice and Other Related Act, 2000.

The charges against the trio, according to court documents, read: That you Saadu Ayinla Alanamu (M), on or about 11th February, 2015 or thereabout, at Ilorin used your position as Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, to confer corrupt advantage upon yourself when you received the sum of ₦5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) through your First Bank Account from Salman Sulaiman (a.ka. Saliman Sulaiman) and Namylas Nigeria Ltd. As a result of the contract awarded to Namlyas Nigeria Limited in Kwara State Polytechnic, where you were employed as Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, and you thereby committed an offence contract to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practice and Other Related Act, 2000.

That you Saadu Ayinla Alanamu (M,) on or about 11th February, 2015 or thereabout , at Ilorin did receive monetary benefit for yourself when you received the sum of ₦5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) through your First Bank Account from Salman Sulaiman (a.k.a Sliman Sulaiman) and Namlyas Nigeria Ltd as a result of the contract awarded to Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) and punishable under the Section 10(a) (ii) of the corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

That you Saadu Ayinla Alanamu (M,) on or About 11th February 2015 or thereabout, at Ilorin did receive monetary benefit for yourself when you received the sum of ₦5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) through your First Bank Account from Salman Sulaiman (a.k.a Saliman Sulaiman) and Namylas Nigeria Ltd as a result of the said Namylas Namylas Nigeria Limited winning a contract in Kwara State Polytechnic where you were employed as the Chairman Of Governing Council and Chairman of Tender Board, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 10(a) (ii) of the Corrupt Practices and  Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

That  you Saadu Ayinla Alanamu (M) on or about 11th February 2015 or thereabout, at Ilorin did receive monetary benefits for yourself when you received the sum of ₦5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) through your First Bank Account from Salman Sulaiman (a.k.a Saliman Sulaiman) and Namylas Nigeria Ltd as a result of the contract awarded to Namylas Nigeria Ltd in Kwara State Polytechnic where you were employed as the Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(1)(a)(i) and punishable under Section 8(1)(a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act,2000.

That you Saadu Ayinla Alanamu (M), on or about 11th February 2015 or thereabout, at Ilorin did accept gratification of the sum of ₦5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) through your First Bank Account from Salman Sulaiman ( a.k.a Saliman Sulaiman) and Namylas Nigeria Ltd as a reward for performing an official act, to wit your duties as the Chairman of the Tenders Board, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (b) and punishable under Section 18(d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Offence Act, 2000.

That you Salman Suliman (a.k.a SALIMAN SULAIMAN) (M), on or about 11th February 2015 or thereabout, at Ilorin did corruptly give monetary benefit to Dr. Saadu Ayinla Alanamu, Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, Kwars State Polytechnic, through your company Namlyas Nigeria Ltd.’s Guaranty Trust Bank Account, the sum of ₦ 5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) for acting in his official capacity as Chairman of Tenders Board, Kwara State Polytechnic in the award of contract to the said Namylas Nigeria Limited in Kwara State Polytechnic where he was employed as the Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, and employed as the Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 9(1)(a0 and punishable under Section 9(1)(b) of the Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

That you Salman Sulaiman (a.k.a SALIMAN SULAIMAN) (M), on or about 11th February 2015 or thereabout did, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse offer the sum of ₦ 5,000,000 (Five Million Naira), through your company Namylas Nigeria Ltd to Dr. Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu the Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tender Board of Kwara State Polytechnic as a reward for his using influence in procuring a contract for Namylas Nigeria Ltd in Kwara State Polytechnic, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(1)(a)(i) and punishable under Section 22 (6) of the Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Act,2000.

That you Namylas Nigeria Ltd, on or about 11th February 2015 or thereabout, at Ilorin did corruptly give monetary benefit to Dr. Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu, Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, Kwara State Polytechnic, through your Guaranty Trust Bank Account, the sum of ₦5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) for acting in his official capacity as Chairman of Governing Council and Chairman of Tenders Board, and you thereby committed and offence contrary to Section 9(1)(a) and practices and Other Related Offences Act,2000.

Dr Sa’adu Ayinla Alanamu is a close associate of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Dr Sa'ad Ayinla Alanamu
Dr Sa’ad Ayinla Alanamu

His reaction when he was disqualified from ICPC: It would be recalled that when the report of his rejection initially broke out, Dr Alanamu urged the Federal Government to conduct a thorough investigation over allegations that he was either being investigated or indicted for unwholesome conduct.

In a statement he issued in Ilorin, he asserted that he was delighted to continue to serve the nation when he was nominated for the ICPC membership.

He, however, said he was shocked over the allegation against him, adding that he had never been indicted or convicted of any offence or crime by any institution.

Alanamu, who was a former Chairman, Kwara State Polytechnic, stated that sometime in 2015, members of the board and management of KwaraPoly where he served as the Chairman Governing Council for less than a year were invited over an allegation that they favoured contractors from Kwara State for TETFund projects rather than other bidders from outside the state.

He explained that he and other members such as the rector, bursar and Director of Works were invited to defend the approval.

He said they insisted that they considered realistic and reasonable the quotations rather than the lowest bidding that might not be realisable.

According to him, when the Bureau of Public Procurement intervened over the contract issue, the lowest bidder from outside the state was given all the seven contracts.

He said, “Since then, more than two years ago now, I didn’t hear anything from the BPP or the ICPC over the incident.

“Even though I am not a politician, I was chairman of various councils and institutions at different periods, which include Kwara State Council of Supervisors for Health, Kwara State College of Education, Kwara State Scholarship Board, Kwara State Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Agency, Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board, Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, Governing Council, Kwara State College of Arabic & Islamic Legal Studies and Governing Council, Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin.”

He added, “I must say that appointment into public office is a trust to serve the humanity. I would rather protect my integrity than take any offer that would rubbish the highest standard I have maintained in my public service career.

“I was never indicted or convicted of any offence or crime by any institution. The records of my stewardship are there in various institutions I served.

“When I was nominated for the ICPC, I was extremely happy to have the privilege to serve humanity with utmost level of commitment, sincerity and honesty.

“Nevertheless, with the turn of events on the allegations, I strongly believe the government will conduct thorough investigation over the allegations.”

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2 comments

  1. Ishola Ahmed, Ilorin

    We shall wait and see if there will be an end to this prosecution. Hope this is not persecution just to play to the gallery.
    Did the Saraki trial at the Code of Conduct not show it was a political circus show?
    Uhm!

  2. Samba Baba, Ilorin

    You guys need to be commended. Your ability to place the two sides of the coin together is a mark of professionalism. I commend you. Please keep it up. That is great.