EFCC quizzes officials in Edo council over alleged fraud

The Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the weekend quizzed some officials of the Esan North East Local Council for allegedly conniving with the Council Chairman, Mr. Augustine Okoibhole, to defraud the council.

The council officials affected were those in the cash office, exco recording, procurement office, health, revenue and works departments.They were invited based on a petition against the council boss who was accused of corrupt practices.

However, sources close to the EFCC said that the council officials were granted administrative bail.Nine councillors from ward 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 had recently petitioned Governor Godwin Obaseki wherein they accused the chairman of financial recklessness as well as operating multiple council accounts.

The councillors alleged that the chairman had not been able to account for N13,348,000 remitted to one of the accounts by the revenue verification committee.They also alleged that N144 million realised as Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) for the past 16 months and the N116,350,894 Paris Club refund had not been accounted for.

But Okoibhole, while denying the allegations, said that he had executed several projects.“The new NFIU (Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit) directive gives us room to operate three accounts and that is what we are doing, we are operating three accounts. TheGuardianng

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