The Acting Executive Director of National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi, Niger State, Dr. Samuel Agboire, has been remanded in prison by a Federal High Court in Minna, for recruiting 34 workers illegally.

He was accused by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), of not following the Federal Character Commission (FCC) Act of 2004 when he recruited the workers.

Justice Yellim Sulaiman Bogoro gave the order yesterday when Agboire was arraigned on a three-count charge.

He said he would remain in prison until the determination of his application for bail.

ICPC said Agboire refused to comply with the FCC establishment act and extant circulars by employing 34 workers at NCRI and failed to provide information to the FCC as required, therefore committing an offence contrary to Section 14 Sub-section 3 (a) and punishable under Section 15 Sub- Section 1 of the FCC Act.

He was alleged to have failed to comply with the directive issued by the FCC in a circular of September 1, 2014, reference FCC/CAM/S.18/1c, on procedure for recruitment into the federal public service in connection with his employment of 34 workers at NCRI and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14 Sub-section 3 (b) and punishable under Section 15 Sub-section 1 of the FCC Act Cap F7 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Agboire was also charged with abusing his office as acting executive director by employing 34 workers, contrary to FCC Act 2004, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 14 Sub-Section 5.

He pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.

Alhaji Mahmud Magaji, his counsel, implored the court to grant him bail.


26 Sept, 2017


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