By Ibrahim Soluadeen.
A former chairman of Kwara Polytechnic Governing Council, Dr Saadu Alanamu has been convicted for offences pertaining to corrupt practices.
Recall that Dr Alanamu had been charged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) for accepting N5m bribe from a contracting firm (Namylas Nigeria Limited) as inducement to ensure that the contract for the construction and furnishing of an auditorium in Kwara State Polytechnic was awarded to the company, even though it didn’t have the requisite qualifications to execute the project.
Having received the inducement in February 2015 from Namylas Nigeria Limited, a company reportedly owned by his friend, the contract was awarded to the firm at the cost of N182,369, 625.00.
Investigations by the ICPC further revealed that Namylas Nigeria Limited had used forged documents like PENCOM Compliance Certificate, Tax Clearance Certificate and ITF Certificate of Compliance to pursue its bid for the contract.
Delivering judgement yesterday at State High Court, Ilorin, Justice Mahmud Gafar
found Dr Saad Alanamu guilty of the charges levied against him by the anti-graft commission, and sentenced him to seven years in prison.
Alanamu had been previously
appointed into the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, by the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in 2017, who subsequently struck out his name to allow the free flow of investigation by the ICPC.
Dr Alanamu had also been recently appointed as a Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.