ICPC declares civil servant wanted over N36.2 m fraud

Written by on September 9, 2015


The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, has declared a 36 year-old civil servant,  Joseph Ogah, wanted for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of N36.2 million. The Commissioner of Public Enlightenment and spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa stated yesterday that the suspect, Mr. Ogah is a staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

The statement also said that  Mr. Ogah is from Kogi state, is a member of a syndicate that fronted a company, Soft Alliance Disco Limited to pay salary arrears totaling N36, 194, 636.00 to a fictitious staff on the payment platform of the ministry of environment. He was said to have connived with other members of the syndicate to perpetrate the crime and share the proceeds.

According to the ICPC, N9.4 million was paid into the suspect’s account with the United Bank for Africa, UBA, based on a financial statement obtained from the bank. The statement of accounts further revealed that the money was drawn from the Ministry of Environment and paid into a different  account number  belonging to Mr. Ogah .The commission, upon the findings requested Mr. Ogah to appear before it and answer questions regarding the transfer of money from another ministry into his account, but he failed to do so.

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