Ex-Police Commissioner Victor Onofiok gets N50million bail for alleged N1.9bn fraud

Former Nigeria’s police commissioner Victor Onofiok has been granted a N50million bail for his involvement in alleged fraud of N1.9billion.

Justice Chizoba Oji of High Court, Federal Capital Territory, Apo, granted his bail application mandating him to provide two sureties with landed property and resident in the FCT.

The judge therefore adjourned the case until Oct. 4 and Oct. 16 for definite hearing.

The former police boss had been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for alleged money laundering and illegal diversion of police funds.

It’d be recalled that Mr. Victor Onofiok had denied committing the allegation when the case came up May 23, before it was adjourned till today (June 1).

The prosecutor, Deborah Eteh, told the court that Mr. Victor Onofiok committed the alleged offences between 2008 and 2009; and 2011.

Victor Onofiok once served as CP in charge of works, logistics and supply in the Nigeria Police Force.

The prosecutor said that the former police commissioner abused his office as the head of that division.

Victor Onofiok was accused of awarding contracts to his personal companies for the construction and rehabilitation of police facilities in Nigeria during his reign.

Eteh also said that the defendant, while serving as CP Force Headquarters, between 2008 and 2009, unlawfully used his office and position to corruptly confer undue advantage upon himself by using companies registered in his name.

Victor Onofiok’s companies were listed as: Faksene International, Dutse Allah Construction Ventures, Nne-Edak Technical Ventures, Puristic Adherent Company, and Quality Watch Construction Company.

It was also alleged that Victor Onofiok in 2011, used his position to secure contract for the construction of Police quarters, at Victoria Island and Ikorodu, worth N95.67million

The offences contravened the provisions of Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act 2000.

High level of corruption are mostly perpetrated in Nigeria by those who occupy “juicy” offices across the country.

The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari promised that he’d reduce corruption to the barest minimum in Nigeria.

 

 

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