Ex-Kogi commissioner remanded in prison over N35.5m fraud

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A Kogi High Court sitting in Okene has remanded a former Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Zacchaeus Atte, in prison custody over alleged financial impropriety of N35.5 million.

Atte was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) on an eight-count charge.

The Judge, Justice Josiah Majebi, who gave the order, held that the bail application for the accused was not ripe for hearing.

Earlier, the Prosecution led by John Okwor, told the court that the alleged offence was contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The charges against the accused, according to the prosecuting counsel, include using his office as commissioner for agriculture to convert the sum of N11.9 million to personal use.

Okwor said the accused perpetrated the act under the pretext of purchasing…

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