Ebonyi State Local Government Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Hon. Ugwuocha Okoroafor, Two Others
The EFCC on Thursday, July 28, 2016, arraigned the former Coordinator of Afikpo South Local Government Development Center of Ebonyi state, Hon. Ugwuocha Okoroafor, his Treasurer, Christian Chukwu Owo and the Administrative Officer, Mrs. Anne Eke Agwu, before Justice E.A. Ngene of the State High Court, Afikpo, Ebonyi State, on a 15 (Fifteen) count charge of conspiracy and stealing of public funds totaling over N25,000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Naira Only).
This was stated in a press release issued by the spokesman of the commission, Wilson Ujuwaren.
According to him, Okoroafor and his alleged co-conspirators were said to have at various times between 2013 and 2015 raised vouchers for payments ranging from contract awards, salaries and independence day celebrations in the names of staff of the development centre who denied ever authorized such vouchers nor received such funds.
Investigation into the matter which was reported by Center for Prevention of Corruption and Human Right Initiatives and some staff of the development centre revealed that the accused persons padded their salaries and that of other staff above the approved limits with the connivance of a staff of the bank where the local Government is domiciled.
The sum of N16, 000,000 and N8,000,000 were at different times traced to the accused person’s account which upon interrogation, they could not justify the source.