By Ejike Ejike |
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a former director-general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, Benjamin Ezra Dikki, before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on four counts of alleged corruption and abuse of office.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement that Dikki who was docked alongside his Company, Kebna Studios & Communications limited, allegedly received about a billion naira as gratification from Bestworth Insurance brokers for his role in facilitating the approval of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Count one of the charge reads; “that you Benjamin Ezra Dikki, while being the director-general of Bureau of Public Enterprise and also the
managing director of Kebna Studios & Communications Limited, and Kebna Studios & Communications Limited, on or about 30th day of January, 2015, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did corruptly accepts as reward the sum of N250, 000,000.00 only through Kebna Studios & Communications Limited’s Skye Bank Account No.1771649525 from Bestworth Insurance brokers limited for your role in facilitating the approval of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of PHCN and thereby committed and offence contrary to Section 17(1)(a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences ACT, 2000 and punishable under Section (17)(c) of the same Act.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty, when the charges were read to them.
In view of their plea, prosecution counsel Benjamin Menji asked the court for a date to commence trial and to remand the defendant at aNigerian Correctional Service facility. “We shall be asking for a date to enable us assemble our witnesses and to prove the entire counts against the defendants and we shall urge the court to remand the first defendant in a Correctional facility pending commencement of his trial,” he said.
Counsel for the first defendant, Abdul Muhammed urged the court to grant his client bail citing Section 158, 162 and 163 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA.