Former Kogi Commissioner Arraigned For N35.5m Fraud
Zaccheaus Atte is no longer the Commissioner for Agriculture in Kogi State.
But his activities when he was a commissioner are being investigated.
He has been accused of using his former office to convert the sum of N11,937,000 under the pretext of purchasing and distributing 200, 000 palm seedlings to Kogi State oil palm farmers in February, 2015.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission has arraigned him on eight counts bordering on financial impropriety.
The commission stated that Atte was culpable in an alleged N35.5m fraud, adding that the offence is contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The arraignment, which took place at the High Court in Okene and Justice Josiah Joe Majebi presided.
When the counts were read to him, Atte pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution counsel did not oppose the bail application, but the trial judge observed that because the motion was not dated.
Justice Medubi remanded the accused in prison till June 20, 2017.