The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former rector of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, Prof. Edwin Onyeneje, and three others before Hon. Justice Dugbo Oghoghorie at the Federal High Court, Enugu on a seven count charge of fraudulently aiding and obtaining money from the coffers of the institution, an offence that contravenes the provisions of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
According to the statement signed by the spokesperson of the commission,Rasheedat Okoduwa, the accused persons former rector of IMT, Prof. Edwin Onyeneje; chairman of governing council of the institution, Dr. Leonard Ugwu; head of Stores Department of IMT, Elder Onah Ferdinald, and the administrative secretary to the rector, Mr. Basil Offoh are standing trial for allegedly defrauding the institution of the sum of N83.2million between 2009-2011.
The defendants were alleged to have conspired and obtained money by false pretence by applying for N53,200,500 for the procurement of scientific equipment and N30,000,000 for Laboratory Equipment Consumables respectively, in preparation for re-accreditation of some programmes in the institution which were not procured and thereby committing an offence contrary to sections 8(a) and 1(1)(a) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.