ICPC docks Gwarzo for alleged fraud

Mounir Gwarzo


The suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo, was on Tuesday arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) on a five-count charge of alleged fraud. 

Gwarzo was arraigned alongside a commissioner at the commission, Zakawanu Garuba.

Both men were accused of abusing their offices and breaching public trust by diverting over N114 million while they served as officers of the commission in June 2015. They pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following an application by Gwarzo’s lawyer Abdulhakeem Mustapha, the defendants were granted bail with a bond of N25 million each.

They are to produce two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be civil servants, not below the rank of deputy directors and working under the employment of the Federal Civil Service.

The sureties must also have landed properties in Abuja.

The defendants were also asked to submit their international passports to the court registrar.

The judge, Hussein Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the matter till June 28.

According to the charge, Gwarzo is facing trial for fraudulently enriching himself with N104.9 million which was paid to him as severance allowance while he was still in active service at the commission.

He is also accused of enriching himself with N10 million paid in excess of his official car allowances.

Garuba was accused of abusing his office by allowing the payments to Gwarzo.

Gwarzo was indicted in three of the counts while Garuba faces the last two counts.

Gwarzo was suspended from the commission in November 2017 by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun. 

Soon after his suspension, Gwarzo accused Adeosun of punishing him for refusing to stop an ongoing probe of oil firm, Oando Plc.

Gwarzo has since challenged his suspension in court. 

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