A whistle-blower, Abubakar Sani-Chindo, has been arraigned and remanded in prison on the order of the Kaduna State High Court, on Thursday for allegedly providing false information on former Vice-President Namadi Sambo.
Sani-Chindo, it was gathered, allegedly provided false information that led to the raid on Sambo’s residence in Kaduna by officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offence Commission (ICPC) on June 28.
The ICPC, in two counts before Justice Aliyu Mohammed, accused Sani-Chindo of providing the false information that led to the reported raid.
Sambo’s house was raided thrice by the anti-graft agency, but failed to find incriminating documents or stashed cash in the building as reported by Sani-Chindo.
While reading out the charge before the court, Elijah Akaakohol, ICPC counsel, said Sani gave the false information on June 21, 2017.
Count one of the charges read, “That you, Abubakar Sani-Chindo (alias Abdullahi Mohammed) (m), sometime on June 21, 2017 or thereafter at Kaduna, Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court knowingly gave a false information to an officer of the commission that sometime in 2013 you conveyed huge sums of money, both in Nigerian and other foreign currencies from the Abuja airport to a house at Ungwan Rimi, GRA, on the directive of an Army officer, which money you suspected to be ill-gotten wealth and is still lying in boxes at the moment of your report and of which you made the officers of the commission to carry out a sting operation that turned out to be false, and you committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 64(3)of the Corrupt Practices and other related offences Act 2000.
“That you, Abubakar Sani-Chindo (alias Abdullahi Mohammed) (m) sometime on June 21, 2017 or thereafter at Kaduna, Kaduna State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, knowingly made a false statement to Mr. Olusegun Adigun, an officer, in the exercise of his duties as a public officer,
“That sometime in 2013, you conveyed a huge sum of money both in the Nigerian and other foreign currencies from the Abuja airport to a house in Ungwan Rimi, GRA, Kaduna, on the directive of a retired Army officer, which money you suspected to be ill-gotten wealth and still lying in boxes in that said house at the moment of your report and of which you made the officer of the commission of the ICPC to carry out a sting operation that turned out to be false, thereby committing an offence, contrary to Section 25(1) and punishable under Section 25(1b) of the ICPC act 2000.”
After the charges were read out to Sani-Chindo, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
It was learnt that Sani then prayed the court to grant him bail, but was denied by M.T Aliyu, the judge.
The judge who remanded him in prison held that the accused needed a lawyer to perfect his bail conditions.
If convicted, Chindo faces a prison term of ten years or a fine not exceeding N100, 000 as provided by section 64 (3) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act.