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EFCC Freezes 33 Accounts Owned By 2 Army Officers Over Pension Fraud


EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu said the Agency has frozen about 33 bank accounts belonging to two personnels of the Nigerian army with N314m.
Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu said the Agency  has frozen about 33 bank accounts belonging to two personnels of the Nigerian army.

The affected officers are Wing Commander Ishaka Yakubu and an Assistant Director, Computer, with the MPB, Lieutenant Commander Akinbamidele Oduns.

The said accounts hold N314 million suspected to have been diverted by two senior military officers from the Military Pension Fund, National Daily has gathered.

Mr Magu disclosed this in a letter addressed to the Chief of Defence Staff recently.

Magu also said that out of the stolen N339m, the sum of N314m had been recovered and kept in the EFCC Recovery Account.

In his letter with reference number EFCC/EC/CDS/66/16, the acting EFCC chairman said the monies were either withdrawn from the MPB account across the counter or transferred to other accounts in the bank.

Magu in the letter said they colluded with two employees of the United Bank for Africa Plc [UBA] to divert the sums from the Military Pension Board.

“Investigation discovered that fraudulent accounts were opened by the Business Manager, Mrs Violet Ofoegbunam, and relationship manager, Mrs Kolade Aderemi Abidemi,” he said, “thereby compromising the ‘Know Your Customer’ requirements with the connivance of the two military officers.

“Thirty-three accounts were identified to have fraudulently received payments to the tune of N339, 374,478.58 from Military Pensions Board between April and June 2016,” he noted.

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