President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominee as commissioner of the National Population Commission, NPC, Dr. Saadu Alanamu has been remanded in prison over an alleged fraud involving N182, 369, 625.00.
Alanamu was among the 23 nominees, President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded to the senate for confirmation.
In August 2017, Alanamu, a former chairman of the governing council of Kwara State Polytechnic, was named as one of the nominees to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who was acting president at the time. But he was later dropped after reports revealed that he was being investigated for corruption.
Alanamu was arraigned alongside Salman Sulaiman, chief executive of Namylas Nigeria Limited, for allegedly receiving a bribe of N5m from a contractor.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges and they were granted bail in the sum of N2m.
In a statement, ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in the course of the trial, the defence counsel alleged that the accused was “forced, harassed, intimidated and coerced” into making his statement to the commission’s investigators and, therefore, it should not be admitted in evidence.
The presiding judge, Mahmud AbdulGafar, consequently ordered a trial-within-trial, which commenced the same day, noting that it was for the court to determine whether the statement was made voluntarily or not.
Delivering his ruling on the trial-within-trial, AbdulGafar overruled the objection of the defence and admitted the first defendant’s confessional statement in evidence, consequently revoking the bail of Alanamu for abuse of bail conditions.