N69bn Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Olejeme, Other

FORMER chairperson, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Mrs Ngozi Olejeme, will on Thursday, have her day in court for allegedly defrauding the agency over the N69bn.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, gave the indication on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen. According to anti fraud agency, the former NSITF boss would be arraigned at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Jabi.

Mrs Olejeme, alongside former Managing Director of NSITF, Umar Abubakar, are being arraigned over alleged diversion of the said amount belonging to the fund. The money was reportedly discovered in accounts linked to the duo after the award of spurious contracts to proxy companies.

Shortly after Mrs Olojeme was sacked by President Buhari about six years ago, the anti graft agency received a petition which alleged that the suspects diverted over N50bn from the Employment Compensation Scheme which was paid by ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, including private firms, into private accounts. The petition also alleged that the accused diverted another N18bn into personal accounts. The money is said to be federal government’s contributions as take-off grants to the NSITF

Olejeme is billed to appear in court on Thursday.

ICPC Orders FSMLST Employee to Refund N1.3m

IN a related incident, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has directed Mr. Bot Yakubu, a staff of the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science Technology, FSMLST, Jos, Plateau State, to refund N1,362,345.17 to its Recovery Account.

ICPC gave the directive in a letter forwarded to Mr Yakubu on Wednesday.

Titled, ‘Re–Investigation of Double Receipt of Emolumentsby the ICPC, and signed by its Director of Operations, Akeem Lawal, the ICPC pointed out that the the report is a case involving receipt of double emoluments from both his employer and the Plateau state Specialist Hospital.

ICPC also copied its Resident Anti Corruption Commissioner, ICPC office in Bauchi state.

“Findings from investigation revealed that you received N1,362,345.17 as a full-time staff of Plateau State Specialist Hospital from April 2012 to September 2012, whereas you were also in full-time employment at FSMLST, Jos, during the same period,” the letter read in part.

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