An Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) sting operation has netted a top official of the Power Holding Companies of Nigeria (PHCN), Engineer Omololu Olusesi Gabriel, who allegedly demanded a bribe of N100,000 from a PHCN customer to install two transformers.
Omololu, who held the position of Principal Manager, PHCN Abuja Distribution Company Wuse Zone 4, is to be prosecuted for contravening Sections 8 and 10 of the ICPC Act 2000.
A statement by ICPCâ€™s Head of Media, Folu Olamiti, said the petitioner had applied to purchase and install two transformers: a 100 KVA/33/0.415 KV and a 50 KVA/33/0.415 KV, and had filed his application through the Principal Manager (PC and M) at the PHCN office.
Upon receiving the application, the petitioner alleged, Omololu demanded a bribe of N100,000 for the release of one of the transformers, and subsequently took a down payment of N50,000.
Infuriated by Omololuâ€™s insistence on collecting the balance of N50,000 as a condition for releasing the second transformer, the petitioner then turned to ICPC, which put the sting operation into play and arrested the engineer after he collected marked money.
â€œMr. Omololuâ€™s schedule of duties as a public officer, include among others: protection of PHCN installations, testing of electrical equipment and preparation of permission letter for release of transformers, none of which required him to demand a fee from customers,â€ Mr. Olamiti said.
He added that the ICPC operatives were able to establish that the petitioner had indeed submitted two applications for permission to purchase and install the two transformers, and that he collected one of the approvals upon payment of the N50,000.00 demanded by the suspect.
They also established that the petitioner was denied the second approval because he would not provide the balance of N50,000.00.
Olamiti urged members of the public who face a similar situation to call the commission for immediate support on their toll-free lines:
â€¢ 07056990190 and
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