Dr. Saadu Alanamu has been remanded in prison for charges of 182 million Naira fraud and violation of bail conditions.
A recent nominee for a political appointment, Dr. Saadu Alanamu has been arrested over corruption charges. President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded his name to the senate for confirmation as a commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) last week.
Last year Alanamu was nominated into the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) by the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, despite being probed by the same agency.
However, his nomination was withdrawn following public outbursts shortly after which he was arrested and arraigned for fraud by the ICPC.
The former Chairman of the Governing Council of the Kwara State Polytechnic, was charged alongside the Chief Executive Director of Namylas Nigeria Limited, Salman Sulaiman, for allegedly collecting a bribe from a contractor.
Justice Mahmud Gafar had initially granted bail but following allegations by the judge that some persons had tried to bribe him to dismiss the case, Alanamu was remanded in prison.
Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, the spokesperson for the ICPC in a statement, said the counsel for the defense of Alanamu had alleged that his client was “forced, harassed, intimidated and coerced” by the ICPC investigators into making his statement and therefore it should not be admitted as evidence.
Resultantly, Justice Gafar ordered a trial-within-trial, which began the same day.
The reason for this, he said, was for the court to determine if the statement was made voluntarily or not. Justice Gafar overruled the objection of the defence and admitted Alanamu’s confessional statement into evidence. The trial judge also went on to revoke Alanamu’s bail for abuse of bail conditions.The case was adjourned till Thursday (today) for hearing.
The court heard that Alanamu ensured that the contract for the construction and furnishing of an auditorium in Kwara State Polytechnic, at the cost of N182,369, 625.00, was awarded to Namylas Nigeria Limited even when it was found that the company was not qualified to execute the contract.
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The ICPC said its investigation into the petition had revealed strong evidence of collusion, bid rigging and corrupt practices against Namylas Nigeria Limited in the bid process; and that the company used falsified, forged and doctored PENCOM Compliance Certificate, Tax Clearance Certificate and ITF Certificate of Compliance to submit its bid during the bidding process.