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EFCC probes HoS, Oyo-Ita, over alleged N3b contract scam



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, over alleged N3 billion fraud.



She was reportedly quizzed by the Commission on Wednesday over alleged contract scam and abuse of duty tour allowance, money laundering and stealing of government funds.

About N600million was said to have been traced to the account of one of her key aides who has been unable to give any justifiable explanation for it.

The EFCC has reportedly blocked the account and initiated the process of obtaining an interim forfeiture clause to seize the cash.

Oyo-Ita, according to The Nation, fell sick after a four-day grilling during which she was in custody of the anti-graft agency between August 8 and 11, and was admitted in a hospital after being granted administrative bail.



Although the administrative bail was granted so that she could be reporting for further interrogation, it was gathered that she had not been able to return to the anti-corruption agency since she was allowed to go.

Preliminary findings confirmed that about N3billion has been traced to the Head of Service which came in through proxy companies.

Detectives, it was gathered, uncovered slush funds linked to the HoS while probing the activities of a former Minister under whom she served as Permanent Secretary.

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