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‘How Banks Aided N68m Theft By 2 Presidency Officials’

It is alleged that some banks colluded with two officials working with the Federal Government’sSocial Investment Programme to steal N68million.

Though, the identity of the banks were not disclosed, the affected officials are Adoga Ibrahimand Khadijat Karibo.

They were said to have committed the theft in their official capacities as‘Focal Person’ and ‘Programme Manager’ of the school feeding programme in Kogi State.

According to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, both officials diverted monies meant for payment of cooks.

The ICPC said the duo carried out “unlawful and unethical deductions” from the accounts of cooksbased on their instruction to paying banks.

The instruction was that “a blanket and unspecified amount be moved to 10 different business accounts from the cooks’ accounts for sundry aggregated commodity supplies”, said Rasheedat Okoduwa, a spokesperson for ICPC.

“However, further findings indicate that the Focal Person and the State Programme Manager, in violation of the rights of the cooks, directed banks to place a lien on their accounts which were complied with.

“Thereafter, they had a total sum of N40, 388,558.00 transferred from the accounts of 627 cooks to the accounts of 10 companies out of the money meant for January, 2019 feeding programme for 20 days.

“Similarly, another N27, 708,495.00 was transferred from the accounts of 850 cooks to 9 companies’ accounts out of April 2019 feeding programme for 10 days by the suspects,” said Okoduwa.

The ICPC spokesperson said the programme’sstore keepers were also being investigated forother corrupt practices.

She said investigators found that after cooks had signed voucher for the release of foodstuffs, store-keepers would release lesser quantities.

Also, food items seen to have paid for by the programme’s handlers were never supplied, suggesting a collusion among the indicted officials.

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