By Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria - A staff of The Polytechnic of Ibadan, Mr. Mosudi Osuolale Ashim, has been arraigned over alleged forgery and making false statements by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) before the Hon. Justice Olalekan Owolabi of the Oyo State High Court 12, Ibadan.
The Commission, as stated by its spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua had filed a 3-count charge alleging that the accused presented a Curriculum Vitae captioned “The Polytechnic, Ibadan - Academic Staff Curriculum vitae for 2018 Annual Assessment” to the Management/Faculty of Engineering of Ibadan Polytechnic during the Faculty Promotion exercises in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
The charge alleged that he claimed to be a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) with Registration Number: R13988, knowing it to be false and with the intent to mislead the Polytechnic during the promotion exercise.
When the charges were read to him, the accused person pleaded "not guilty" to all offences.
The ICPC prosecution team led by Mrs. Karakaraye F. Adeoluwa, stated that the offences are contrary to Section 25 (1a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under Section 25 (1b) of the same Act.
The counsel to the accused, Mr. O. K. Salawu, applied for bail, considering that the accused is a senior citizen.
The prosecution team did not oppose the bail application and the accused was admitted to bail in the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only (N500,000) and a surety in like sum who must be gainfully employed with a verifiable residential address in Ibadan metropolis.
The matter was adjourned to 19th April 2023 for further hearing.