ICPC arraigns businesswoman for duping job seekers of N4.5m and impersonating late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari

Mrs. Ramat Mercy Mba, a businesswoman, has been charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for scamming job seekers of N4.5 million.

Mba, who appeared before Justice Ibrahim Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Gwagwalada, on Tuesday June 14, was also accused of imitating the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, in order to secure jobs with the ICPC for two unwitting job applicants.

In a five-count allegation, the Commission accused her of seeking and receiving N2 million from one Chimezie Akpata Terry and another N1.5 million from one Susan Jumai Daniel in exchange for non-existent government jobs, in violation of Section 13 of the Corrupt Practices Act.

Mba committed the offence sometime in 2020, according to ICPC’s counsel, Mashkur Salisu, when she collected N4.5 million from various job seekers in exchange for promises of work with ICPC and the National Air Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

The court also heard how the defendant falsely forged Abba Kyari’s signature and used it to send a letter to the ICPC Chairman requesting that Chimezie Akpata and Ismail Adewole Oladipopo be hired into the Commission’s service.

According to ICPC Counsel, Salisu, the late Chief of Staff distanced himself from the request before his demise in 2020.

Counsel to the defendant, Alozie Chigozie moved the bail application for the accused, praying the court to grant her bail on liberal terms.

Salisu, who did not oppose the bail application, however prayed the court to admit the accused to bail on reasonable terms that would ensure her attendance in court for trial.

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