Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), will Thursday 27th January dragged former Secretary to Adamawa State Government, Mr John Eddie Mannassa before the State High Court sitting in Yola for an alleged N240million corrupt related offence.
The anti-graft agency will arraign Mr Mannassa on a 10-count charge of using his office to confer corrupt advantage and making false returns on various projects which is contrary to and punishable under various Sections of the ICPC Act, 2000.
In the charge sheet filed by Mr Raheem Adeshina on behalf of the ICPC, the accused person was alleged to have on or before December, 2007, while being a public officer, did use his office as the Secretary to the Government of Adamawa State to confer a corrupt advantage upon himself when he allegedly demanded for the sum of N130million from the State Governor to pay constituency allowances, wardrobe allowance and for Sallah, Christmas and New Year Celebrations of the members of the House of Assembly which allegedly converted to personal use, thus violating Section19 of the ICPC Act 2000.
The Former SSG was further alleged to have collected another sum of N45million from the State Governor purportedly to pay membership fee of the Governor’s Forum but only paid N17million to the coffers of the Forum and converted the balance of N28million to personal use, thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act, 2000.
Mr Mannassa was also accused of collecting the sum of N44.8million from the State Governor to settle some outstanding payments in respect of activities and certain commitments of the State Government incurred in the office of the SSG but did not settle any commitment, and converted the money to personal use, thus committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 19 and 25 of the ICPC Act, 2000.
In February, 2008, Mr Mannassa was alleged to have use his office as SSG to corruptly enrich himself by demanding and collecting the sum of N25million from the State Governor to reimburse various departments for the execution of some projects but did not reimburse any department and converted the sum to his private use, thus committing an offence contrary to Section 19 and 25 (1)(a) of the ICPC Act, 2000.
He was also alleged to have collected N5million from the Government’s Treasury to give welfare assistance to some organised group to help cushion their needs in respect of Sallah, Christmas and New Year celebration in December, 2007 but did not give the sum to any group and converted the money to his personal use.
Mr Mannassa was further alleged to have confer corrupt advantage on himself when he converted to personal use two new Honda City Model cars properties of the State Government and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the ICPC Act, 2000.
Already, the accused person had been served with the necessary papers for the trail and his plea will be taken on the 27th January, 2011 before the trial judge.