The Federal Government yesterday filed a nine-count charge of funds diversion against the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Ahmed Saleh and two other officials of the court. It accused them of diverting, among others, about N2.2 billion belonging to the court.
The others are Muhammed Abdulrahman Sharif and Rilwanu Lawal.
The charge marked FCT/HC/CR/13/2016 was filed by the Office of Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Maitama, Abuja.
The defendants are specifically accused of conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and taking gratification by public officers contrary to Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
Besides, the accused were charged with receiving N74.4 million gratification as public officers from contractors, who executed projects for the court between 2009 and 2016.
It was learnt yesterday that the charge is a precursor to the one to be filed against some of the judges being investigated by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Thenigerialawyer learnt from the Federal Ministry of Justice that works is at an advance stage on the planned charge.
It was learnt that Saleh was yesterday confirmed for appointment as the Executive Secretary at its meeting in Abuja.