- The former head of civil service, Oyo-Ita, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC over alleged fraud has arrived the Federal High Court in Abuja for trial
- Operatives of the anti-graft agency brought Oyo-Ita to the court in Abuja on Monday, March 23
- The former head of civil service is to be arraigned along with eight others before Justice Taiwo Taiwo
The former head of civil service, Oyo-Ita, who is being prosecuted by the EFCC on allegations bordering on fraud arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, March 23, with a pillow.
Operatives of the anti-graft agency brought Oyo-Ita to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday morning over allegations of fraud.
She is to be arraigned along with eight others before Justice Taiwo Taiwo.
The EFCC said investigation had shown that during her term as director, permanent secretary and head of service, Oyo-Ita used her companies as well as fronts to receive kickbacks from contractors of various ministries and parastatals where she worked.
Oyo-Ita is also accused of making bogus claims of fictitious DTA, Estacodes, conference fees which were paid by the government to the accounts of the suspects in collusion with her special assistant.
In another news, the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to ensure that funds allocated for coronavirus management are properly spent.
SERAP in a brief statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, March 22, urged Buhari to urgently instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission to take actions to avoid diversion of public funds.
The non-governmental organisation advised the president to direct the anti-graft agencies to jointly monitor and track the spendings on coronavirus by the federal agencies and state governments to "remove the risks of corruption in our healthcare systems".
SERAP also asked President Buhari to present COVID-19 budget and spending plan to the National Assembly for approval and set up COVID-19 trust funds to deal with the pandemic and support those who have been infected.
Meanwhile, EFCC continues to record breakthrough in its fight against cyberfraud. No fewer than 79 youngsters along with 30-year-old Oladimeji Olusegun Ogunfolaju, owner of Lakers Hotel and Lake County Entertainment have been arrested by the anti-graft agency for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
In a statement released by the Commission on its official page on Facebook on Monday, March 9, the suspects were arrested on Saturday, March 7, during a sting operation on the hotel located at 29, Ebute-Igbogbo Road, Ikorodu, Lagos state.
The suspects' arrest was successful as a result of intensive surveillance and intelligence gathering by the EFCC about their alleged criminal activities.
It was gathered that the hotel where the suspects were nabbed was guarded by armed security operatives including the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Navy and it also served as a haven for the fraudsters.
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