FG's school-feeding programme: ICPC arrests 2 over alleged N68m fraud

FG's school-feeding programme: ICPC arrests 2 over alleged N68m fraud

- Two people have been arrested by ICPC in Kogi state over fraudulent activities

- Specifically, they were arrested over N68,097,053 fraud in school-feeding programme

- The arrested suspects are: Hon. Adoga Ibrahim and Khadijat Karibo

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested two people in Kogi state over alleged corrupt practice in the federal government's Social Investment Programmes (SIPs).

Specifically, they were arrested over N68,097,053 fraud in School-Feeding programme of the federal government.

This was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng by Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, spokesperson for the commission

The suspects include Hon. Adoga Ibrahim and Khadijat Karibo.

Ibrahim who was the State Focal Person from 2016 for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) for Kogi state left office in May 2019.

Karibo, on the other hand, is still serving as the state’s programme manager.

They were accused of diverting large sums of money meant for payment to cooks in the national school feeding programme in the state. They were alleged to be working with some banks to perpetuate the crime.

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Preliminary findings from ICPC investigations indicated that the focal person and the state programme manager illegally directed banks to place a lien on the cooks accounts.

After this, they transferred a total sum of N40,388,558.00 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.

Also, the alleged criminals transferred N27,708,495.00 from the accounts of 850 cooks to nine companies’ accounts out of April 2019 feeding programme for 10 days by the suspects.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the FG on Wednesday, July 10, said that President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) had fed over 9.8 million children on a daily basis in not less than 32 states.

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