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Abuja Centenary City Project: Ojougboh Drags Pius Ayim to EFCC

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Dr. Cairo Ojougboh has dragged the immediate past Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the multi-billion dollar Centenary City project.

In a petition dated July 21, 2015 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, National Vice Chairman South-South of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh called on President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, probe Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, who, he said, handled the Centenary City project, adding that former President Goodluck Jonathan was not properly briefed about the project before he appended his signature on the Centenary City document.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, yesterday, he said: “The former President thought that the Centenary City project was for the good of all Nigerians because of the centenary spirit. But unknown to him, it was the private project of the former SGF and his cohorts. Yes, the former President signed the papers as presented to him by the former SGF.

“He was not properly briefed because of vested interests. I can defend him, he was not part of the fraud. If Jonathan had been properly briefed, he would not have approved the project, let alone talk of going to perform the ground breaking of the project.

“I am calling on President Buhari now to revisit the centenary project and he will be shocked at the findings that the project was owned by private individuals but procured with government funds.”

He alleged that the former Senate President was involved in fraudulent acquisitions perpetrated by the sponsors of the project covering over 1,500 hectares of land in the Federal Capital City, Abuja, adding that the size of the land was equal to Maitama, Asokoro and Guzape districts put together.

But in a swift reaction, former SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim, who noted that he was already in court, said he was not ready to join issues with Cairo Ojuogboh, adding, “the issue is already in court.”
Speaking to journalists on the development, Senator Anyim’s media aide, Sam Nwaboisi said, “Senator Anyim has gone to court to sue him for defamation of character on the previous press conference and interviews that he has granted in which he has accused him of almost all these things he is saying now.”