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ICPC Brings Charges Against ASCSN President Over Alleged N72M Fraud

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Bola Audu, a former President of the Senior Civil Servants Association of Nigeria (ASCSN), faced arraignment by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for purportedly orchestrating a N72 million fraud scheme.

Appearing before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday, Audu was charged on five counts.

Audu, who had been expelled from ASCSN due to allegations of anti-union activities, was accused by the government of embezzling N69 million, designated for the procurement of a sport utility vehicle intended for the ASCSN President’s office.

Additionally, the prosecution alleged that Audu diverted N3 million towards the union’s election.

Pleading not guilty to the charges, Audu’s counsel, Babatunde Adewusi, sought bail for his client.

However, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, an Assistant Chief Legal Officer at the ICPC, opposed the bail application, emphasizing the importance of Audu’s presence during trial proceedings.

Acknowledging the defendant’s presumption of innocence, Justice Halilu deemed the charges as bailable offenses. Consequently, Audu was granted bail, contingent upon providing two sureties who must hold directorial positions within the federal civil service. These sureties were required to furnish their letters of employment and proof of promotion to the directorship rank.

Halilu cautioned that failure to meet the bail conditions would result in Audu’s remand at Kuje Prison in Abuja.

The trial was adjourned until May 6 for further proceedings.