- Patricia Etteh, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has allegedly been picked up by the EFCC
- Etteh, the only woman in Nigeria’s history to have been elected Speaker, was said to be arrested over an allegation of fraud involving NDDC contract
- The former Speaker's tenure was short-lived as she was forced to resign amid allegations of financial misappropriation
FCT, Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly arrested a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh over an allegation of fraud involving a Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contract.
According to Channels TV, Etteh was arrested on Tuesday, May 17, by the anti-graft agency in Abuja for questioning.
Etteh was elected Speaker in 2007 but resigned only after a few months amid allegations of financial misappropriation.
She is the only woman in the country’s history to have been elected Speaker.
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EFCC arrests Accountant General of Federation Ahmed Idris Over N80bn fraud
In another related development, the EFCC has arrested the serving Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, in connection with alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80 billion.
In a statement sighted by Legit.ng, the anti-graft agency said the serving AGF was arrested on Monday, May 16.
The commission stated that its verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.
2023: APC under searchlight as EFCC probes source of funds used for nomination forms
Meanwhile, the chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has confirmed that the agency is monitoring the monies used to purchase nomination forms across political parties ahead of 2023.
Speaking with Channels TV in a recent exclusive interview, Bawa noted that although the task of investigating the funds used for this purpose is that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), he said the EFCC is working hand in glove with organisation.
Bawa admitted that N100 million and N40 million are sums that will take a lifetime to save and as such both agencies are closely following the flow of the monies, and whether they are proceeds of illegal deals or not.