Court Lets Ex-Commissioner, Bank Manager, Off the Hook

A High Court sitting in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital presided over by the state Chief Judge, Justice Alloy Nwankwo has vindicated a one-time Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Henry Aloh and one-time Intercontinental Bank Manger, Mr. Sam Agbo.

The duo who were discharged and acquitted recently, where first and second accused persons in the suit numbered HAB/ICPC/2/2013 had been standing trial for alleged case of conspiracy and  fraud committed in the course of building / renovating Amasiri, Agba and Ezzangbo General Hospitals in 2005.

The first accused who was the state then Commissioner for Health was accused of conspiring with the second accused to withhold last tranche of payment of one of the contractors for alleged no justifiable reasons despite all appeal/persuasions.

Hence, the suit attracting the attention of the senior legal officer of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) D.N. Okoro for Prosecution.

During the matter, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to all the count charges.

In evidence, a staff of ICPC who investigated the matter, Abudullahi Muhammad among other findings stated that due process was not followed in the award of the contract and that it did not reflect in the state’s 2005 budget.

On the day of judgment, Augustine Owo, Kelechi Egwu and Christopher Ajah ESQ held watching brief of Chief Mudu Erenede for the first accused person while Chief Emeka Uwakwe Esq appeared for the second defendant.

The Chief Judge after looking into the merits and all facts of the matter on 7th May, 2019 pronounced the two accused persons discharged and acquitted with a claim that the prosecution could not prove his case beyond all reasonable doubts.

To that effect, the ICPC prosecutor thanked the chief judge for the judgment and said the Commission shall determine their next line of action after studying the judgment.

The defense Counsels who were all joyful for the outcome of the matter described the judgment as victory for rule of law and demonstrates that judiciary is for sure the last hope of a common man.

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