Alleged N2.5b NBC Fraud: Ex-Minister To Appear In Court- ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) on Thursday said a former Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed will serve as a prosecution witness in a N2.5billion alleged fraud trial case involving the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu and two others.

The others are Lucky Omoluwa and Dipo Onifade, the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Pinnacle Communications Limited.

A statement by ICPC Spokesperson  Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa , Lai Mohammed has been scheduled to appear before a Federal High Court, Abuja.

She said the former Minister  would explain his role in the alleged misapplication of N2.5 billion Federal Government Digital Switch-Over (DSO) programme.

According to her, “The ex-minister will appear as a prosecution witness, we are not arraigning him for trial.”

ICPC had filed a 12-count charge before Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo-Giwa, against NBC DG Modibbo Kawu, Lucky Omoluwa and Dipo Onifade, the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Pinnacle Communications Limited respectively.

ICPC alleged that the NBC DG misled the former Minister into approving government funds to a private company.

In the statement ICPC said: “The former Minister’s involvement had come under questioning following discovery by ICPC during investigations, that a government White Paper that governs the execution of the DSO programme was allegedly flouted by the head of NBC.

It alleged that ,“Mohammed had however admitted in a statement to the Commission that he was misled by Kawu, as opined in court by a witness from ICPC, Osanato Olugbemi.

The matter was adjourned to July 1, 2019 for continuation of trial and ruling on two pending motions by the trial judge.

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