- EFCC has commenced an investigation into alleged fraud in Ondo state
- The commission questioned some people accused of fund diversion in the state
- The EFCC may prosecute the suspects to court after it concludes its investigation
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly detained a member of the Ondo state House of Assembly, Felemugudu Bankole, over an allegation of fraud.
According to The Punch, the politician was detained along with the clerk of the Assembly, Bode Aladeyelu, and two civil servants.
The publication stated that suspects were held by the EFCC after they honoured invitations by the agency over the fraud case allegedly committed in 2019.
A source in the Assembly on Sunday, March 14, confirmed the report.
The source said:
“It is true. The Clerk of the House and Hon. Felemugudu Bankole, along with two civil servants in the Assembly are there in the EFCC’s custody. They were detained there.
“Based on that invitation, all of them went there and they were detained last Thursday. I think the EFCC must have commenced investigation into their matter.”
Vanguard reported that the detained persons were accused of diverting the sum of N2.4million under the guise of paying for a seminar.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the court also sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment over his offence.
The lecturer was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the on a one-count bordering on a romance scam.
In another news, Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has appeared before an Ikeja high court to give evidence in a N1.4 billion fraud trial involving an oil company, Nadabo Energy.
Vanguard reports that Bawa, before his confirmation as EFCC chairman, had earlier appeared before the court last year as a prosecution witness.
The EFCC had accused Abubakar Ali Peters and his company, Nadabo Energy of allegedly using forged documents to obtain N1,464,961,978.24 from the federal government as an oil subsidy.
The newspaper noted that the defendants had pleaded not guilty to the prosecution’s fraud charge.
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