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Court dismisses ICPC’s charges against ex-SEC DG, Mounir Gwarzo

Former director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo has been discharged and acquitted by a federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Maitama.

The presiding judge identified as Olukayode Adeniyi on Friday while ruling on a no-case submission filed by Gwarzo, said the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (1CPC) failed to prove its case against the accused.

The ICPC had preferred a six-count charge against the former SEC DG in 2020 for allegedly awarding several contracts to Outbound Investment Limited, a private company where he allegedly doubled as a director even while he was DG of SEC.

But Gwarzo filed a no-case submission after the prosecution closed its case.

Kemi Adeosun, former minister of finance, had suspended Gwarzo as the DG of SEC in November 2017 for allegedly approving N104 million for himself as severance package for being a former SEC commissioner.

In a petition seen by TheCable, Gwarzo was also accused of awarding contracts to members of his family and friends, in violation of the rules guiding the commission — he denied the allegation.

He was charged to court, but the allegations were struck out by Hussain Baba Yusuf, an FCT high court judge, on April 14, 2019.

The national industrial court in May 2019 ordered his reinstatement but Gwarzo did not1 return to office until he submitted his letter of resignation on January 9, 2020.

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