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WAHALA DEY O! Peace Corps boss Akoh arraigned on 90 count charges including money laundering


The federal government has reportedly arraigned the national commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, before a Federal High Court siting in Abuja.
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Akoh and the trustees of the Peace Corps were clammed with 90 counts including money laundering.
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Daily Trust reports that Akoh and the incorporated trustees of Peace Corps of Nigeria (ITPCN) were were slammed with 90 counts.
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Abujapress.com learnt that they were alleged to have laundered an aggregate sum of N3.5 billion obtained from extortion in April, 2016.
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The report further said the prosecution claimed that the defendants operated as a non-profit making organisation but unlawfully engaged in the business of providing security services under a recruitment scheme comprising of quasi-military training without approval.
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He was alleged to have obtained huge sums of money by false pretence while laundering the proceeds of extortion from unsuspecting citizens of the country from the ITPCN account to his personal account.
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He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.Barrister John Ochogwu of Kanu Agabi Chambers pleaded with the court to grant Akoh bail on self recognition since he was earlier granted administrative bail by the police.
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In his argument, the counsel to the police, AK Aliyu, argued that Akoh would interfere with the witnesses, if granted bail.
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Ruling on the case, Justice JT Tsoho said: “Since the defendants have been loaded with 90-count charge, which there is no capital offence therein, bail is in the discretion of the court.
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“Since the prosecution couldn’t advance reasons to show that, the defendant jumped the administrative granted him by the police.”
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Akoh was thereafter granted bail in the sum of N10 million with a surety in the sum of N20 million.
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The sureties must also own a landed property in Abuja.
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Akoh was asked to deposit his travel documents with the deputy court registrar and shall only have access to them upon request, through application.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reports the recent arraignment of some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 
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