Civil Servant in Court for Alleged N45m School Feeding Programme Fraud

An Account Director with the Federal Ministry of Education, Matthew Inabo, was, on Wednesday, re-arraigned before the Federal High Court, Abuja over his alleged involvement in diverting about N45 million meant for the Federal Government’s Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSFHP).
Inabo, however, pleaded not guilty to a 24-count amended charge dated October 12 shortly after it was read to him.
The suit was filed before Justice Inyang Ekwo by Counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Aminu Alilu.
Inabo was alleged to have fraudulently altered cheques and made false representations to defraud the government through the HGSFHP of the Federal Ministry of Education.
He was said to have committed the alleged offences while he served as the Head of Accounts Section of the HGSFHP in 2007.
The charge read in part: “That you Matthew lnabo of No. 35 Road, House 12, Gwarimpa, on or about the 4th of April 2007 at the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, being the Head of Accounts Section of the Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme (HGSFHP) of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja did commit an offence to wit: you fraudulently altered an Oceanic Bank (now EcoBank) cheque No: 05477466 originally signed for N422, 270 (by inserting N16,000,000 before the said figure to make it N16,422,270 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) (a) of Miscellaneous Offence Act Cap M l7 Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act. That you Matthew Inabo of No. 35 Road, House 12, Gwarimpa, on or about the 6th of June, 2007 at the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja did commit an offence to wit: you knowingly made false representation with intent to defraud the Federal Government by causing the payment to yourself of the sum of N8,000,000 which you inserted in Oceanic Bank (now EcoBank) cheque No: 05477474 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) (b) of Miscellaneous Offence Act Cap M17 Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under the same section of the Act. That you Matthew Inabo of No. 35 Road, House 12, Gwarimpa, on or about the 6th of June, 2007 at the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja did make a forged document to wit: a Retirement of Personal Advance of N2,092,500 in the name of Dr (Mrs) Lami Amodu knowing it to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1(2) (C) of Miscellaneous Offence Act Cap M17 Laws of the Federation 2004.”
Justice Ekwo, however, granted the request of the defence lawyer, Abiodun Olusanya, that Inabo should remain on the bail earlier granted him, contrary to the prosecution counsel’s plea that he should be remanded pending the conclusion of the trial.
Ekwo held that Inabo could only be allowed to continue to enjoy the earlier bail “if he deposits his current international passport with the court”.
The judge then adjourned until December 7 for the commencement of trial.

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