Wednesday 25 November 2015

EFCC arrests Niger Delta Amnesty consultants and contractors over multi-billion naira contract scam

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arrested eight persons including consultants and contractors of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The eight suspects were arrested in connection with multi-billion naira contract scam allegedly perpetrated by the Kingsley Kuku-led Presidential Amnesty Office.

Mr. Kuku was a Senior Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on the Federal Government Amnesty in the Niger Delta.

Some of those arrested in connection with the scam include Kanmi Adediran, Tumo Yetunde and Collins Omokhojie.

Others are Oluboye Adedokun, Ugala Jaachinma, Olukoya Olusegun Godwin, Oyinmi-ebi Bribena and Olukayode Raimi.

A source from the commission who could not be named because he was not authorised to speak on the matter said the suspects were taken into custody in the early hours of Wednesday.
“The suspects were taken into custody early today and are still being quizzed by a team of operatives our headquarters,” said the source.
“The arrests were made in continuation of the investigation of the tenure of Kingsley Kuku as head of Amnesty office.”
Mr. Kuku has been out of the country ostensibly on medical grounds since news of the investigation broke.

The Amnesty office was being investigated over contract scam running into billions of naira.

It was further learnt that most of the companies that got contracts and huge mobilisation fees from the Amnesty Office failed to carry out the terms of such contracts.

It was learnt that in some of the cases, over 95 percent of the contract value was paid the contractors, without anything on ground to show for the funds.

It is also being alleged that most of the contracts did not follow due process.

Credit: Premium Times

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