THE Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has arraigned five persons before a High Court in the Uyo Judiciary Division for impersonating its officials.
The five accused persons, Emmanuel Akpabio, ‘male’; Adediran Destiny, ‘male’; Nsikak Ebiti, ‘male; Unyime Udo, ‘male’, and Esther Udoh, ‘female’, were said to have approached an employee of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Jeremiah Efe, as ICPC officials with the false claims that the commission had a case against him.
The presiding judge, Justice Ifiok Ukana, on Friday, said the accused persons within the jurisdiction of the court, conspired to commit a felony to wit and also falsely posed as employees of the ICPC to defraud one Jeremiah Efe of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
He noted that the act of impersonation of a public officer was punishable under section 108 (2) of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Charge Sheet marked No. HU/86C/2016, between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the five accused persons read, “On the 8th day of July, at about 10.00am in the morning at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Complex, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court falsely presented themselves to one Jeremiah Efe that they are public officers to wit staff of the ICPC and that there was a petition against the said Jeremiah Efe in ICPC.”
In Count 2, the five accused persons were charged with conspiracy contrary to and punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The five accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Justice Ukana granted bail to the five accused persons with N5m each and with two sureties each in the like sums.
He added that one of the two sureties in each case must be, at least, a level 12 officer in Akwa Ibom State public service resident in Uyo.
According to him, the other surety must be a resident of Uyo metropolis with landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.
South-South Zonal Commissioner, Henry Emore, said the arraignment would prevent other people from impersonating public officers within the zone.
Emore noted that cases of impersonation were rampant in Akwa Ibom, adding that the suspected impersonators were also spotted at centres where candidates were taking their examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council.
He added that they met the principal of the school and expressed their disapproval with the conduct of the examination with a view to defrauding the principal.
The case had been adjourned till November 2, 2016.