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EFCC probes ex-Ebonyi governor over $12M fraud

EFCC probes ex-Ebonyi governor over $12M fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating former Ebonyi State governor, Martin Elechi on allegations of fraud, reports say.

The agency is also said to be probing Elechi’s son, Nnanna over the alleged approval of fraudulent contracts during the former’s tenure, according to Punch.

The investigation has led to the arrest of a former Commissioner for Public Utilities in the state, Benjamin Okah.

This was disclosed by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren via a statement. It reads:

“The EFCC on Monday arrested a former Commissioner for Public Utilities in Ebonyi State, Benjamin Okah, for alleged abuse of office and collecting gratification to the tune of N83m.”

“The arrest was sequel to a petition by the Ebonyi State Government over a $12m contract to a US-based company, Califco Group, that had been abandoned since 2012, despite a mobilization of $10.8m already paid by Ebonyi State Government into the accounts of the said company.

“Investigation has revealed that both the Abuja and Ebonyi State addresses of the said company are fictitious. In the course of investigation, it was discovered that the former commissioner allegedly collected gratification from the company in the sum of N83m between July 30, 2012 and December 30, 2014, through his companies: Global Victory Allied Company and Mahco Mega Nigeria Limited.”

Meanwhile, the EFCC is also investigating former Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang over allegations that N2 billion in public funds went missing during his tenure.

Also, 30 former governors in the country are facing fresh trials after the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami ordered the reopening of corruption cases against them.


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