EFCC arrests 8 contractors over Presidential amnesty job

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Abuja—
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, arrested
eight consultants/contractors, who were awarded major contracts by the
Presidential Amnesty Office. A source in the commission gave the names of the suspects, who were
quizzed by its operatives as Kanmi Adediran, Tumo Yetunde, Collins
Omokhojie, Oluboye Adedokun, Ugala Jaachinma, Olukoya Olusegun Godwin,
Oyinmi-ebi Bribena and Olukayode Raimi.

The source said they had been taken into EFCC custody in its Wuse 2
office in Abuja but did not specify the projects for which they were
arrested for.

The source said most of the contractors had collected more than 95
per cent of the contract sums but did not do any appreciable work to
justify such huge sums of taxpayers’ money.

An EFCC official, who spoke in confidence, said two of the key
projects for which money was paid to the contractors and nothing
concrete done, were in respect of the construction of vocational
training centres in Ondo and Bayelsa States.

The source disclosed that the arrest of the suspects was in
connection with the continuation of the commission’s investigation of
the tenure of Kingsley Kuku as head of the Presidential Amnesty Office.

Kuku, it was learned, is undergoing medical treatment in the United
States of America for a broken knee, based on a court order which
authorised him to do so.

Although the operation has been successful, his doctors have asked
him to undergo physiotherapy until he is fit to fly back to Nigeria but
no time frame was given.

It was learned that the eight men were being grilled over issues of
contract scam running into billions of naira, as their companies were
alleged to have under-performed after collecting huge mobilization fees
from the Amnesty office.

One of the sources said: “In some of the cases, almost 95 percent of
the contract value was paid the contractors, yet the structures on
ground are a far cry from the amount collected.”

The commission also listed some of the companies being investigated
as: Delse  Project Limited, Masterpiece Construction Company Limited,
Eternity Consult Limited, Zomy Civil Construction Limited and Tolsega
Consul Nigeria Limited.

Others are: Stracosplan, Sourme Global Creations limited, Riddle Construction Limited and Revelation Pact Limited

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