Federal government, yesterday, filed a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and fraudulent acquisition of property against former Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs and former Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, and one of his aides, Lawrence Pepple.
Chief Pepple served as technical assistant to Kuku when he held sway as the chief executive of the amnesty programme for repentant militants from the Niger-Delta region.
The arraignment of the accused persons before an Abuja High Court did not hold, following the absence of Kuku and the trial judge.
Kuku was alleged to have fled the country shortly after the change of government last year on the pretext of going for medical attention and has not returned.
The charge filed by Johnson Ojogbane and Abdullahi Faruk on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accused the former coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme and his aide of fraudulently acquiring a property in October 2013.
Pepple was specifically accused of knowingly acquiring interest in a private company where he is a director and sole signatory of the company’s account while being employed in the public service as technical assistant on reintegration to the special adviser on Niger-Delta affairs.
In the same vein, Kuku and his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Mr. Henry Ogbolue, in a three-count charge were accused of criminal conspiracy and award of contract worth over N27 million to a private company which has Ogbolue as the sole signatory.
Ogbolue is also accused of deliberately failing to declare his assets located at Plot 261, Durumi, Abuja, while declaring his assets form on September 4, 2015.
The arraignment was fixed for April 20.

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