BREAKING: Ex-Head of Service Oyo-Ita, 8 others for trial tomorrow over diversion of estacodes, travelling allowance, receiving kickbacks
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Monday, March 23, arraign the immediate past Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita and eight others over offences bordering on Duty Tour Allowances, estacodes; conference fees frauds and receiving kickbacks on contracts.
They will be arraigned before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja.
Others to be arraigned along with Oyo-Ita are 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, estacodes; conference fees fraud and receiving kickbacks on contracts.
According to a statement by the anti-graft agency, 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 reportedly paid by the government to the accounts of the suspects.