The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arrested eight consultants/contractors of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in connection with over N1billion contract scam.
Among the suspects taken into custody yesterday are Kanmi Adediran, Tumo Yetunde, Collins Omokhojie, Oluboye Adedokun, Ugala Jaachinma, Olukoya Olusegun Godwin, Oyinmi-ebi Bribena and Olukayode Raimi, who were still being interrogated at the headquarters of the EFCC as at press time.
According to a reliable source in the EFCC, the arrest of the suspects is in continuation of the commission’s investigation of the tenure of Kingsley Kuku as head of the Presidential Amnesty Office.
Although details of their infraction was still sketchy as at press time, the source, however, noted that they are being grilled over issues of contract scam running into billions of naira, as their companies are alleged to have underperformed after collecting heavy mobilisation fees from the Amnesty Office.
“In some of the cases, almost 95 per cent of the contract value was paid the contractors, yet the structures on ground are a far cry from the amount collected and it is also being alleged that most of the contracts did not follow due process,” he added.
The source also revealed that among the contracts affected are the ones for the vocational training centres in Ondo and Bayelsa states, while some of the companies fingered in the alleged scam include 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.
Kuku has been out of the country since news of the investigation leaked in the media, ostensibly on medical grounds.