By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, yesterday, re-arraigned a former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehindero, on a six-count corruption charge.
The ex-IGP was docked before an Abuja High Court sitting at Apo, alongside a former police commissioner, Mr. John Obaniyi.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges of fraud and their alleged misuse of over N578 million donated to the Police by Bayelsa State Government for the purchase of arms.
ICPC alleged that the fund was illegally diverted into private accounts operated by the defendants, where it accrued over N16 million interest.
The defendants were said to have shared the interest between themselves and used the proceed for their personal benefits.
ICPC told the court that the former IGP and his alleged accomplice lied to its investigators when they claimed that the accrued interest, which they diverted, was used for official purposes.
Meanwhile, following the not-guilty plea by the defendants, they were allowed to go home based on bail terms the trial court earlier gave them.
The matter was subsequently adjourned till June 19.
It will be recalled that Ehindero and Obaniyi were initially docked over the allegation in 2012.
The case was, however, stalled by the defendants who filed preliminary objection to challenge the competence of the charge against them.
Following the dismissal of their objection by the trial court, the defendants took the case before the Court of Appeal where they also lost.