The Police have arraigned former Enugu State Commissioner for Works, Transport and Special Duties, Engineer Luke Mammel at an Enugu Magistrate Court over false information.
Mammel, now Director of Works at Institute of Management and Technology, IMT, Enugu is standing trial on one count charge, No. CME/483C/2016.
The charge read: “That you Engr. Luke Mmamel ,‘M,’ on the 22nd day of June, 2015, at Police Headquarters Enugu, in Enugu Magisterial District, did make false statement to the Commissioner of Police Enugu State ,an officer employed in the public service with intention to cause one Basil Offoh to be arrested and detained by the Commissioner of Police Enugu State, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 154(1)a) of the Criminal Code Cap.30. Vol.II, Laws of Enugu State of Nigeria 2004.”
The accused person pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to his understanding and to the satisfaction of the court, Vanguard reports.
The court granted the accused person bail in the sum of N2 million and one surety in like sum.
The Surety, the court said must be a civil servant of grade level 15 and above and resident within the jurisdiction of the court.
Mmamel had on 22/06/2015, 04/07/2015 and 23/10/2015 petitioned the commissioner of police against one Basil Offoh, his Administrative Secretary who is to be a suspect in this case, alleging that the Honda Accord vehicle purchased for the Rector, IMT, Enugu by Mr. Offoh’s out of pocket expenditure is missing.
He claimed that that all efforts made to get Offoh to produce the vehicle proved abortive and that the payment voucher for the out of pocket expenditure for the purchase of the vehicle was also missing.
But contrary to the petitioner’s claim, investigation showed that the vehicle was actually purchased and the petitioner knew about it.
The case was adjourned to 19th October, 2016 for hearing.