By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—An Abuja High Court sitting at Jabi has given the Federal Government the nod to dock the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Saleh Gambo, on November 17.
Gambo will be arraigned before trial Justice A.B Mohammed on a nine-count criminal charge bordering on alleged N2.2billion fraud.
He was charged alongside the Assistant Director of Finance at the apex court, Rilwanu Lawal, and the Deputy Director of Finance, Sharif Abdulrahman.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, entered the charge marked CR/13/16 and dated November 3, against them, pursuant to sections l04 and 379 of the Administration of criminal Justice Act, 2015.
The defendants were specifically alleged to have diverted N2.2billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, into personal bank accounts domiciled at United Bank For Africa Plc with account number 2027642863.
They were further alleged to have between 2009 and 2016, received gratification in the sum of N10million from Willysdave Ltd, a private contractor to the Supreme Court of Nigeria and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 10(a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same Act.
FG alleged that the trio, on different occasions, surreptitiously used their positions to receive gratifications to the tune of over N74.4m from private contractors that provided services to the Supreme Court between 2009 and 2016.
Meantime, FG has already briefed a prosecutor, Mrs Hajara Yusuf to handle the trial.
Yusuf, yesterday, persuaded the court to adjourn the case for trial after it was learnt that the defendants were yet to be served with copies of the charge.
She said it was only b