The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a former Secretary-General of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Amaechi Akawu, over his alleged role in a $150,000 scam.
In a statement by the ICPC spokesman, Azuka Ogugwa, on Sunday, Mr Akawo was arraigned by the commission at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.
He was summoned before the trial judge, Inyang Ekwo, on charges of corruption, including money laundering and fraudulent diversion of public funds.
The ICPC accused the former Secretary-General of diverting funds released by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) for the successful hosting of the CAA Grand Prix Competition in Delta State, also known as the 2017 Warri Relay Competition.
Mr. Akawo was said to have committed the crime in July and August 2017, when he allegedly diverted sums of money from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for personal use.
The anti-corruption agency declared that Mr. Akawo’s actions violated Sections 1 (a) and 16 (1) (d) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2011 and are punishable under relevant sections of the same Act. However, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The defendant’s bail application which was moved by his counsel, Emmanuel Aghedo, was granted by the trial judge, Mr. Ekwo, in the sum of N15 million, with one surety.
Meanwhile, the case was adjourned until May 16 while May 17 to 18, 2022 were fixed for further trial dates.
Source: Premium Times