(Sahara Reporters) The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, November 14, 2014 arraigned one Mrs Akon Esu-Nte (Alias Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte), an accountant with the Nigeria Prison Service, before Justice Olukayode Adeniyi of the FCT High Court, Apo, Abuja, on a 6-count charge bordering on fraud, stealing and abuse of office.
Esu-Nte pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her.
One of the charges read: “That you, Akon Esu-Nte (Alias Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte) being a public officer at the Nigeria Prison Service headquarters, Abuja on or about the 9th day of October, 2013 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did use your office and position to confer corrupt and unfair advantage on yourself and your associate, ID Integrated Petroleum Product Limited to secure contract worth N27, 790,000.00(twenty seven million, seven hundred and ninety thousand naira only) for the supply of 2779 number prisoners Aluminium Cooking Pots at Zones B and F of the Nigeria Prison Service and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.”
In view of the plea of the accused, counsel to the prosecution, Larrys Aso Peters, asked thAe court to fix a date for trial and to remand the accused in prison custody. However, counsel to the accused, S. I. Ameh, SAN, asked the court to grant his client bail as the offence was bailable and that she will be available to face her trial.
Justice Adeniyi granted the accused bail in the sum of N50 million and two sureties who should be of the rank of director in a government establishment. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court, and swear to affidavit of means.
The case was adjourned to 27 and 28 January, 2015 for trial.