Alleged N3bn fraud: EFCC seizes HoS Oyo-Ita’s passports

Alleged N3bn fraud: EFCC seizes HoS Oyo-Ita’s passports

- The EFCC has seized the passports of head of service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who is being investigated for an alleged N3bn fraud

- The EFCC reportedly decided to restrict Oyo-Ita’s movement to ensure that she would be available for another round of interrogation

- The anti-graft agency says it is monitoring Oyo-Ita’s progress in the Abuja hospital where she is currently being treated

- All accounts of affected companies have now being placed under watch

The international and diplomatic passports of the head of the civil service of the federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, has been seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Oyo-Ita, who is under investigation for alleged fraud amounting to the tune of N3billion, has been restricted to the country, pending the conclusion of the investigation, The Nation reports.

Legit.ng gathers that three permanent secretaries and some directors of procurement may also be invited by the anti-graft agency, over some contracts awarded to firms with links to the head of service, in continuation of the investigation.

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The EFCC reportedly decided to restrict Oyo-Ita’s movement to ensure that she would be available for another round of interrogation.

Despite being hospitalized at an Abuja hospital after complaining of ill health, security operatives have been deployed to monitor her movement in the facility.

An anonymous source with knowledge of the matter reportedly stated: “The latest about the ongoing investigation is that the EFCC has seized the international and diplomatic passports of the head of service.

“In line with normal investigative procedure, we need to restrict her movement to the country to enable her attend more interrogation sessions which have been lined up for her.

“We are monitoring her progress in the hospital until she is stable enough to come for another round of grilling.”

The source added: “We may invite some permanent secretaries and others because our investigation shows fresh clues during analysis of letters of award of contracts in some ministries, departments and agencies.

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“All the accounts of the affected companies have been placed under watch till they are clear of any infraction.”

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the EFCC quizzed Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita over the alleged N3billion contract scam.

The head of service was also interrogated for alleged abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering and stealing of government funds.

After a four-day grilling during which she was in custody of the anti-graft agency beginning from Thursday, August 8, Mrs Oyo-Ita landed in the hospital after being granted administrative bail.

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