EFCC Set to Charge Former Head of Service to Court for Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has perfected plans to arraign former Head of Service Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita to court over series of fraudulent activities traced to her and her companies.

In a statement issued on sunday by the Commission’s spokesman Tony Orilade, said the former Head of Service would be arraigned alongside 8 other suspects on Monday 23rd of March.

He listed the other suspects as Frontline Ace Global Services Limited; Asanaya Projects Limited; Garba Umar and his companies: Slopes International Limited; Gooddeal Investments Limited; Ubong Okon Effiok and his own company, U & U Global Services Limited and Prince Mega Logistics Limited.

“They will be arraigned for fraud in relation to Duty Tour Allowances, DTA; Estacodes; conference fees fraud and receiving kick-backs on contracts,” the statement read.

“During 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’s 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 Okunriboye Tomsin, made bogus claims of fictitious DTA, Estacodes, conference fees which were paid by the government to the accounts of the suspects.”

A Federal High Court had earlier ordered the permanent forfeiture of over N3bn allegedly laundered by Mrs. Oyo-Ita to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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