A staff of the Federal Ministry of Health has been arraigned in court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly altering an official document to falsify his age and confer an unfair advantage upon himself.
Mr. Ibrahim Yusuf Nda, a Chief Administrative Officer at the Nurse Tutors Program of the Federal Ministry of Health, Kaduna was brought before Justice M. T. M Aliyu of the Kaduna State High Court 4 on a three-count charge bordering on forgery and conferring unfair advantage on himself by altering his date of birth in his personal file with No. P21966 from 1957 to 1967, and supporting that alteration with a Declaration of Age.
According to the charge, the intent was for him to extend his service year with the Federal Ministry of Health from 2017 to 2027 thereby committing an offence of forgery contrary to Section 363 and punishable by Section 364 of the Penal Code Cap 110 Laws of Kaduna State, 1991.
Nda’s alleged offence of conferring unfair advantage on himself is contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and also punishable under the same section.
When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty. His counsel, A. I. Zubairu, reminded the court of their earlier application for bail before the court which was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Ahmad Muhammed Wada Esq.
The court thereafter admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of One Million Naira with one surety in like sum who must be a blood relative and a public officer not below the rank of an Assistant Director.
The case was adjourned to 30th April, 2020 for trial.