High Court official arraigned for alleged fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has filed an accusation against Mrs. Nkem Mba, a deputy chief registrar at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, for her alleged participation in several fraudulent operations.

Mba was charged with three counts that allegedly involve misuse of authority and corrupt demands for favors from public officials. However, after hearing the accusations read before Justice Leteem Nyordee of the Federal High Court 12, Port Harcourt, she entered a not guilty plea.

The Deputy Chief Registrar was charged with taking a kickback of N500,000 through her bank account from the purchase of automotive gas oil, or diesel as it is more often called.

Mba responded that the money was her two percent right under Order 16 of the Admiralty Jurisdiction (Procedure Rule) 2011 and that she was entitled to receive.

The prosecuting attorney, Agada Akogwu, did not object to the application for liberal terms of bail that her attorney, S. Somiari, made to the court.

In his decision on the bail application, Justice Leteem Nyordee allowed her to post bail in the amount of N500,000 with a guarantor who had to own land in Port Harcourt.

Nyordee decided that the accused must leave her foreign passport with the Registrar before setting the matter back to July 26, 2022.

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