Abuja — Former Inspector General of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero, Thursday, challenged the powers of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to try him over alleged misappropriation of about N558 million belonging to the Nigeria Police Force.
The ex-police boss who appeared before an Abuja High Court, todayy, sequel to a six-count criminal charge preferred against him by the anti-graft agency, declined to either mount the dock or enter his plea to the charge, saying the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, never consented to his prosecution.
He argued that the ICPC ought to have secured the fiat of the AGF first before initiating a criminal proceeding against him over a case he said was baseless.
Corruption Charges: From Right, Former Inspector General of Police Sunday Ehindero and his Council Mike Ozekhome at the Court over Corruption Charges by ICPC in Abuja High Court Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.
Meanwhile, the ICPC, yesterday, said it had enough evidence to nail the former IGP, who it alleged conspired with a former Commissioner of Police in charge of Budget, Mr John Obaniyi, and diverted police funds into two fixed deposit accounts with Wema Bank Plc and the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc, noting that the said fund had generated interest of over N16 million.
Ehindero was charged as the 1st accused person while his alleged co-conspirator, Obaniyi, was listed as the 2nd accused.
Following the refusal of the ex-IGP to mount the dock, yesterday, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, subsequently adjourned till July 13 to entertain legal arguments on the preliminary objection.