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ICPC CONCLUDES INVESTIGATION ON AKOYI

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has concluded investigation into the activities of Alhaji Mohammed Usman Akoyi, Judge of the Upper Area Court, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

This is contrary to the position of the petitioner and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Eseme Eyiboh, who had dragged the commission to the Federal High Court in Abuja, asking for an Order of Mandamus to compel the ICPC to investigate the judge.

Reports from the commission indicated that the operatives of the ICPC commenced investigation into the petition filed by Honourable Eyiboh against the Upper Area Court judge on July 24, 2009.

Already, the team handling the petition had concluded their investigation and their recommendations had been submitted to the chairman of the commission for further directives.

The petitioner had in a petition dated June 22, 2009 alleged abuse of office and official Corruption on the part of Justice Akoyi following his roles in a disputed landed property located in Garki Area of Abuja.

Besides this current case, the ICPC had dragged Justice Akoyi before an Abuja Federal High Court, following the establishment of prima facie case against him in a N50,000.00 bribery allegation.

Following the conclusion of investigation into the petition filed against the judge by a female student of the University of Abuja, Justice Akoyi was charged to court on August 10, 2009 for allegedly violating provisions of the ICPC Act 2000.

Justice Akoyi, in the charge sheet with reference number FCT/HC/CR/59/09, was alleged to have violated Section 15(a)-(c) and 16(1) (a) of the ICPC Act 2000 by making false entry into the record of the court proceeding with the intent to conceal the crime of corruption and frustrate the investigation of the crime by the commission.

The case is still pending before the court sitting in Abuja.