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former commissioner of police, Victor Onofiok was reminded over alleged N1.9bn fraud

Courts remands former commissioner of police, Victor Onofiok over alleged N1.9bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 arraigned a former Commissioner of Police, CP, Victor Onofiok, on a 21-count charge of money laundering and illegal diversion of police funds to the tune of N1.9billion, before Justice Chizoba Oji of the FCT High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja.

Onofiok, who served as the CP, C Department in charge of Works, Logistics and Supply of the Nigeria Police Force, Force Headquarters, was accused of abuse of office and award of contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of police facilities across the country to personal companies.

One of the counts reads: .

“That you, CP Victor Onofiok (rtd), while serving as CP Force Headquarters, between 2008 -2009 at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court being a servant did unlawfully use your office and position to corruptly confer unfair advantage upon yourself and business registered names which you operate namely: Faksene International, Dutse Allah Construction Ventures, Nne-Edak Technical Ventures, Puristic Adherent Company and Quality Watch Construction Company”.

Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea of ‘not guilty’, Deborah Eteh, counsel to EFCC, urged the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the suspect in prison custody. However, Onofiok’s counsel, Paul Erokoro, SAN, informed the court that he had a pending bail application for the defendant.

“My Lord, the defendant is on administrative bail by the prosecution and has not breached any of its terms. We urged the court to grant him bail”, Erokoro pleaded. Eteh opposed the bail application and urged the court to refuse it, considering the gravity of the offence committed

Justice Oji, while fixing June 1 for hearing of the bail application ordered the remand of the defendant in EFCC custody.

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