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2 civil servants with N3bn in accounts to face prosecution

Valentine Chinyem

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The Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) said it is ready to charge two senior civil servants to court after it uncovered over N3 billion in their several bank accounts.

Chairman of the presidential panel, Okoi Obono- Obla, who confirmed this to Daily Sun, gave the names of the civil servants as Dr. Goody Nnadi, the General Manager, Corporate Services, and Aisha F. Usman, the General Manager, Operations, both with the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF).

The panel said it is investigating other management staff of the Fund alleged to be involved in fraudulent activities.

In the case of Nnadi, Obono-Obla, said his panel acted on a petition, which it received against him and preliminary investigations showed that he (Nnadi) operates corporate accounts with Galbani and Greatwood Hotels, Owerri, Imo state.

Giving more details, the panel said its investigation further showed that from 2011 till date, the total inflow of monies into Nnadi’s accounts “amounts to N2.2billion, $302,964, €11,000 Euro and £2,000 pounds sterling,” as per the findings.

According to Obono- Obla, “ both individuals and oil companies deposited money alleged to be gratification/bribe to the personal and corporate account of the suspect in order to get allocation of either PMS, AGO and DPK from the NNPC depot.”

He added that Nnadi is presently undergoing the Senior Executive Course (SEC 41, 2019) at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State after being questioned and released on bail.

The SPIP chairman disclosed that during investigation, “the suspect admitted helping some of the oil companies to get allocation from NNPC and that was the reason they paid money into his accounts.”

The panel also recovered “two documents of landed property, $1,000 and €200 Euros during a search on Nnadi’s house, “

Efforts to speak with Nnadi on the subject matter failed as he refused to pick his calls and return text message sent to his mobile phone. Also in trouble is Usman, who is said to have nine different accounts with one bank with a total inflow of N1.4 billion.

The panel said the discovery showed that money was paid into her accounts by some corporate organisations.

Obono-Obla said the panel is ready to file charges against Nnadi and Usman.

In a related development, the panel has sealed off some assets and property belonging to Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, located in Warri, Asaba in Delta State, and Lagos State.

The action is coming on the heels of an order of the Abuja division of the Federal High court for an interim forfeiture of property belonging to Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North Senatorial District.

Ruling in suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/1127/18 filed by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property on behalf of the Federal Government, Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo also placed a post-no-debit order on 22 bank accounts linked to Nwaoboshi.

The panel accused Nwaoboshi of allegedly making false declaration of his assets in his Form CCB1 submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau.

He was recently referred to the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions, Federal Ministry of Justice by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel.

According to the ruling of Justice Tiawo, 14 properties and 22 bank accounts linked to the senator are to be temporarily forfeited to the federal government. Aside sealing off the properties, the panel also wrote to several banks to block Nwaoboshi from operating multiple accounts maintained by him in these banks pursuant to the order of the interim forfeiture given by the court.

 

Daily Sun