EFCC probes $40m pipeline security contract

04 April 2016, Abuja – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may have started investigating confidants and companies close to some prominent politicians in the last dispensation in its corruption fight.

EFCC, Nigeria.

EFCC, Nigeria.

Already, the commission has detained two confidants allegedly fronting for the politicians and frozen the accounts of their companies on allegation that they laundered money for them. According to the official, both men were arrested in connection with ongoing investigations into a $40.

He said: “Even though One-Plus claimed that the pipeline job was successfully executed, we want to know how it was awarded and who got paid for what from the $40 million.”

Sources close to the anti-graft agency said  Mr. Robert Azibaola, Managing Director of Kakatar Civil Engineering Company Limited, had been detained since March 23 and was not likely to be freed soon.

The source said apart from Azibaola, the agency has also detained Mr. Dakoru Atukpa, who is the Executive Director in Kakatar CE Ltd. The operatives had initially arrested and detained Azibaola’s wife but later released her on bail but held on to her husband and Atukpa, a development that has angered his lawyers.

An EFCC official familiar with the arrests, said both men were helping them with vital information.

The official said: “We arrested Mr. Azibaola Robert on March 23, 2016, when he came to honour our invitation. We also arrested his wife, but she has since been granted bail.

‘’The following day, we arrested Dakoru Atukpa, Executive Director of his company.  As we speak, both men are in our custody and are helping with vital information needed to nail the former President.”

It was learned that in a bid to keep the men in detention longer than allowed by law, the EFCC secured a court order to extend their detention.

 

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