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ICPC re-arraigns Buhari’s former aide, Obono-Obla, on result falsification and forgery charges

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arraigned a former presidential aide, Okoi Obono-Obla, on charges of falsification and forgery of school results.

The agency arraigned Obono-Obla on Monday, at the Plateau State High Court in Jos.

He is alleged to have tendered forged results to be admitted to study law in the University of Jos (UNIJOS).

The result falsification and forgery charges was part of the 10 counts, including corruption allegations, initially instituted against him by the ICPC at the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 1, 2020.

But the charges were subsequently withdrawn by the commission.

The anti-corruption agency then re-filed the 10 counts at the FCT High Court on July 8, 2020, with Mr Obono-Obla, his former Senior Assistant, Special Duties (Protocol), Aliyu Ibrahim, and the Managing Director of ABR Global Petroleum Resources Ltd, Daniel Omughele Efe, charged as co-defendants.

It again amended the charges on March 4, 2021, dropping the two charges of result forgery and falsification, as well as three other corruption counts.

Mr Obono-Obla was arraigned on the remaining five counts on March 17. He pleaded not guilty to them.

Obono-Obla pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

He was subsequently, granted bail by the court in the sum of N1 million, with one surety.

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