Tuesday, 21 August 2018

EFCC: SENATOR BASSEY IN TRIAL FOR RECEIVING CARS WORTH N254 MILLION AS BRIBE


A 14 count charge was filed by the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) against serving senator, Bassey Albert Akpan, for the acceptance of N254 million worth of cars as bribes in Lagos.

 It has been discovered that the Akwa-ibom North-East representative, during his service as the Akwa-Ibom Commissioner of finance, received 12 vehicles between 2010 and 2014 from Oladije omokore, a businessman and oil mogul.



They're both to face a seven-count; Akpan for inviting bribes as a corruption officer and Omokore for offering bribe and gratification to a public officer on account of the action of the public officer.

Mrs Zainab Ettu, the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, requested a new court date to enable the anti-graft commission arraign the senator and the businessman.

“We do not have the defendants in court today, though we had earlier anticipated that we would have them in court at a later date.

“We will be asking for a further date, most preferably, after vacation,” she said.

On May 10, 2010, Bassey Akpan also allegedly corruptly received a BMW X5 BP worth N50 million from Omokore in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 BP worth N45 million from him.

On November 2013, the serving senator received a Toyota Landcruiser V8 BP valued at N40 million and in March 2014, he received a Range Rover, also valued at N40 million from the businessman as well as in September 2014, another Toyota Hiace High Roof car valued at N27 million.

Others are Toyota Hiace High Roof car valued at N16 million and six units of Toyota Hilux vehicles valued at N36 million.

The anti-graft commission claimed that the car gifts were given to Bassey by Omokore in exchange for contracts from the Akwa-Ibom Government.

The offences, according to the EFCC, contravene Sections 63 (1)(a), 64 (1)(a) and 98(1), (a), (i) of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011.


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