IMPERSONATION: MAN BAGS JAIL TERM

For impersonating staff of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), one Gbenga Awe Joseph has been sentenced to a three-month imprisonment. The court found him guilty of the allegations levelled against him in that regard.

He was arrested and charged to court by the office of ICPC in Osun State on account of demanding the sum of N16, 300 from unsuspecting victims as a fee for helping them enlist as members of the National Anti-corruption Volunteers Corps in Ondo State.

Although a five-count charge was preferred against the convict, he was freed of two of the charges on the basis that they were not in line with the amended sections of ICPC Act, while the trial judge found him guilty of the remaining three charges, all bordering on extortion.

It was upon allocution from the defence and based on Section 382 CPL that the trial judge sentenced the accused person to three months imprisonment each on counts three, four, and five to run concurrently.

However, he gave the accused person option of fine of N5,000.00 on each count insisting that payment of fine should be made cumulatively in which case, the accused person is expected to pay the sum of N20,000.00 only in lieu of three months imprisonment.

Awe was accused of corruptly demanding the sum of N16,300 to enlist NAVC members contrary to Section 8 of ICPC Act, Cap C31LFN, 2004 as well as corruptly receiving the sum of N16,300 for enlisting NAVC members in Ondo State contrary to Section 8 of ICPC Act, Cap C31LFN, 2004.

According to Count four, the accused was found guilty for demanding the sum of N16,300 to enlist NAVC members contrary to Section 10 of ICPC Act, Cap C31 LFN, 2004, and also receiving the sum of N16,300 to enlist NAVC members contrary to Section 10 of ICPC Act, Cap C31 LFN, 2004.

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