EFCC arraigns ex-VC over N70m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested an ex-VC, Professor Emmanuel Kucha over alleged N70 million fraud on Tuesday.

The ex-VC was arrested by EFCC Makurdi zonal office and faces a four-count charge of conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office and gratification before a Federal High Court, Makurdi.

Professor Kucha pleaded not guilty to the charges although the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Y. Tarfa told the Kucha committed the offences while serving as a public officer at the university between 2012 and 2017, NAN reports.

Tarfa said that the defendant collected the money as bribe in the course of performing his official duties. He said that the money was paid into Kucha’s Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Account No: 0124395144 as a bribe for performing his official duties.

Tarfa said that the offences contravened Section 18(c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act, 2000.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Timothy Dim, urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms, and also remand him in EFCC custody, pending the perfection of the bail condition.

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Justice A. Olajuwon granted the defendant bail in the sum of N10 million, with one surety in like sum. Olajuwon ordered that the surety must be a public servant with the federal or Benue State government on Grade Level 17.

The former vice-chancellor is to be remanded in EFCC’s custody, pending the perfection of his bail conditions and the sitting was adjourned till Jan. 5, 2020 for trial.

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