EFCC to arraign Oyo-Ita, others for alleged N3bn financial misappropriation

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, March 23; will arraign the former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; Winifred Oyo-Ita, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for alleged N3 billion graft.

This was contained in a statement issued by the acting Head of Media and Publicity for the EFCC, Tayo Orilade.

Orilade confirmed Oyo-Ita would be arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo for fraud; in relation to Duty Tour Allowance (DTA), estacodes, conference fees fraud as well as receiving kickbacks on contracts.

The ex-HoS will be arraigned alongside her special assistant, Ubong Effiok; Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Limited.; Garba Umar and his companies, Slopes International Limited and also Gooddeal Investments Limited.

Other defendants are U & U Global Services Limited as well as Prince Mega Logistics Limited.

The ex-HOS was sacked in September 2019 after about N600 million was allegedly found in her aide’s bank account.

Investigations by the EFCC reportedly traced about N3billion to Oyo-Ita said to be kickbacks on contracts; illegal estacodes; as well as DTA received from the government.

The statement read: “During the investigation, it was discovered that Oyo-Ita; in her roles in the civil service as Director, Permanent Secretary and Head of Service; used her companies as well as Effiok and Umar’s companies as fronts to receive kickbacks from contractors of various ministries and parastatals where she worked.

“The former Head of Service in collusion with Effiok who was her Special Assistant; along with one Titus Tomsin, made bogus claims of fictitious DTA, estacodes, conference fees which were paid by the government to the accounts of the suspects.”

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