Alleged N450m fraud: EFCC detains 2 Enugu commissioners, ENSUBEB boss …recovers N244m, $1‎30,000


As part of the ongoing probe of financial sleaze during the 2015 general elections, ‎the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday confirmed that two Enugu State commissioners were detained over alleged embezzlement of N450,000,000 from former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign fund.

South East zonal head of the EFCC, Johnson Babalola, who addressed journalists, said former governor Sullivan Chime was still under investigation over the campaign funds.

The two commissioners, Charles Egumgbe of Water Resources and Rita Mba, Culture and Tourism, were detained alongside the state’s chairman of the Universal Basic Education Board, ENSUBEB, Mr. Ikeje Asogwa.

While Ikeje was the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, within the election period, Egumgbe was the chairman of the party’s campaign organisation in the state; they would be arraigned in court soon.

Also to be arraigned on a similar matter is the younger brother of the Ebonyi State governor, who is now the South East zonal vice chairman of the PDP.

‎Babalola said the fight against corruption, which was the main thrust of the Federal Government, was yielding dividend in the South East, as the commission had recovered over N244, 574,587.20 from looters of government treasury.

“The commission also recovered $130,750 USD from assets forfeited by the looters,” he said, adding that the sum had been paid into government coffers. Also recovered was €10,000 Euros as well as 3,588 Chinese RMB.

Babalola said apart from the monies recovered, the EFCC was on the trail of serving and former governors in the zone with the aim of bringing them to book.

The EFCC head, who said the cases involving the governors were under intense investigation, had this to say: “The zone is equally closing in on some politically exposed persons in cases involving former governors and companies linked to serving governors.”

He disclosed that the commission had received in recent time 522 cases, out of which 36 have been concluded and charged to various courts in the zone for prosecution while it has secured 14 convictions.

On cases of public interest other than political matters, Babalola said that the commission has two chief executive officers of privately owned companies who specialise in collecting monies from unsuspecting public in the form of thrift or mortgage banking in their custody.

They include Chief Patrick Nwokike, CEO of Let’s Partner with You and Joshua Morah, CEO, Borec Services.

Nwokike is being investigated for collecting over N4, 000,000,000 from unsuspecting members of the public in return for certain monthly percentage interest  which has been discovered to be shrouded in fraud.

Babalola also disclosed that the commission received over 150 petitions against Chief Nwokike and that he operated different accounts.

He further disclosed that on further investigation, Nwokike was discovered to have acquired two exotic SUVs, a multi-million naira warehouse as well as three choice mansions in different locations which have been sealed up and placed under investigation.

On the part of Morah, he was alleged to have collected over N9 billion and was being investigated following over 30 petitions written against him.

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