The Federal Government has filed a nine-count criminal charge in an Abuja High Court against Ahmed Gambo Saleh, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, and two others for alleged N2.2 billion fraud.
Saleh had been pencilled down as the next substantive Secretary of the National Judicial Council.
The others charged with him were Muhammed Sharif and Rilwan Lawal.
The defendants are accused of conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and taking gratification by public officers.
The charge contravened Section 10 (a) (i) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission Act 2000 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
The charges reads: “That you Ahmed Saleh, Muhammed Sharif and Rilwan Lawal‘M’, all of Supreme Court of Nigeria between 2009 and 2016 did agree to do an illegal act to wit: diverted N2.2 billion belonging to the Supreme Court of Nigeria into personal bank accounts domiciled at United Bank For Africa PLC a/c no 2027642863.
“You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 97 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 LFN (Abuja) 2004.”
Saleh, who is from Hadejia in Jigawa State, graduated from both the Bayero University in Kano and Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.