By Paul Michael
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has secured a seven-year jail term for a public officer in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Amdii Monday Gideon, for his involvement in an employment scam.
According to a statement ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, the convict was accused of demanding the sum of N250,000 and receiving the sum of N162,500 from an applicant with the promise to procure a job for him at the Federal Civil Service Commission.
The victim had reported the matter to ICPC after the convict failed to procure the said job and refused to refund his money. ICPC, therefore, arraigned the convict before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 17 in Gwagwalada.
“During the trial, counsel to ICPC, Michael Adesola, had in a 5-count charge told the court of how the action of the convict negates Sections 8 and 10 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and Section 1 (3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006,” the statement said.
The charge reads in part, “That You Amdii Monday Gideon (M) on or about the month of June 2015 at Abuja Federal Capital Territory while being a Public Officer at Registry Unit of the Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation corruptly asks for the sum of N162,500.00 (One hundred and sixty two thousand five hundred naira) from (name withheld) to secure a job for him and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(1)(a) and punishable under section 8(1)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Act 2000.”
The prosecution was able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt which formed the premise upon which the Court found Mr Monday guilty of the charges against him, The Trumpet gathered.
“He was therefore convicted and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine,” the statement added.
It would be recalled that as part of measures to curb recurrent cases of job racketeering, ICPC had in recent times organized a Policy Dialogue on Entrenching Transparency in the Public Service Recruitment Process in Nigeria during which the Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN) disclosed that the Commission received almost 100 petitions on recruitment scam from victims, institutions and complicit individuals saying that the situation festers due to lack of transparency.