EFCC Discovers NGN800M in Civil Servant’s Accounts.

Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja

OPERATIVES of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have discovered over N800 million in the accounts of a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Transport, Mrs Phiana Chidi.

It was gathered that the money was traced to proceeds from pension funds that she once managed in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, (OHCSF), before she was transferred.

It was also learnt yesterday that the suspect, who was apprehended by the operatives on Saturday, “is already spilling the beans during interrogations.” The suspect, it was further gathered, lodged the money in one of the old generation banks in both local and foreign currencies.

In one of the accounts, she had $2 million and N500 million in a separate account, using an investment firm as a front.

She is also the sole signatory to both accounts.

Before Chidi was moved to the Transport Ministry, she was the Deputy Director, Finance and Admin, managing the pension scheme under the OHCSF.

It was also alleged that Chidi awarded and signed payments of fictitious contracts, pensioners’ stipends, bogus and spurious allowances to staff worth several billions without following due process.

The Head of Service, Professor Oladapo Afolabi, had about two weeks ago, explained that during his predecessor’s reign, the commission helped his office to recover over N1.2 billion monthly.

A source in the commission said: “This is just a tip of the iceberg as more civil servants who built mansions in the Federal Capital Territory without the necessary income to back it up will soon start singing different tunes as we have placed them under our watch list.”

When contacted, the Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr Femi Babafemi, confirmed her arrest but declined further comments.

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