The Director General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission [NLRC], Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila has been caught in suspected multiple billion Naira fraud.
According to documents sighted by ElombahNews, Mr. Gbajabiamila was grilled by the Code of Conduct Bureau [CCB] over alleged multiple monumental fraudulent activities.
If fully indicted, the NLRC boss might end up as a guest of the Economic Financial Crime Commission [EFCC].
Gbajabiamila’s trouble started with a 2-page query issued by CCB signed by the Director, II and M, Gwimi S. P., on behalf of the Board’s Chairman, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle .
Earlier, Gbajabiamila was confronted with a 12-page query issued the Governing Board of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission dated December 9, 2019.
The query, which was signed by the Board’s Chairman, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle and six other members of the Board contained detailed revelation of the fraud allegedly perpetrated by the embattled DG.
The rest documents in possession of ElombahNews gave detailed accounts of how Gbajabiamila runs the Commission as his private enterprise.
He reportedly expended funds at will from the Commission’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through issuance of various payment vouchers.
Most of the transactions were done without the knowledge and approval of the Board, the Public Procurement Act, and the Bureau for Public Enterprise guidelines.
They also showed that:
- in 2017, Gbajabiamila expended over N626.7 million from the Commission’s IGR in contravention of the laws of the Federation;
- in 2018, he spent 956 million naira from the Commission’s IGR;
- in 2019, over N827 million unbudgeted naira was spent by the DG of the Commission;
- in 2017, he purchased several operational vehicles worth over N200 million without appropriation nor approval in contravention of the Public Procurement Act, including 3 fairly used Toyota Coaster buses worth 50 million naira each;
- in 2018, he acquired an SUV worth N70 million naira for his official use without approval; and numerous other transactions unappropriated and unaccounted for.
Some of the allegations expectedly involved his staff and aides such as the Secretary to the DG, a GL 8 officer on a probationary appointment.
She was paid N632 thousand on November 15, 2018 via payment voucher NLRC/ACCT/OC/900/18 as DTA to Zonal Offices and also received N489,000 on July 10, 2018 as oversight function to state offices through voucher number NLRC/ACCT/OC/579/18.
The Board question the capacity under which the said officer carried out the oversight and the justification for raising payment vouchers in her name even when she was still under probation.
Similarly, the DG’s PA, a junior staff was on July 2, 2018 paid N255, 700 as DTA to Lagos just as he was also paid another another N1.5m in two transactions as oversight function to states.
On December 4, 2018, the said staff was paid N672,500 as DTA to visit Lagos and Owerri offices for oversight.
A few days to the end of 2018, specifically between December 27 and 28, 2018, the Commission made transfers worth N14 million to the personal accounts of staff as “travelling allowances” these monies, always finds its way back to the approving authorities in cash.
The Board also wondered why Gbajabiamila, since he assumed office as the DG of the Commission, never presented a single payment voucher to the Board for approval as contract splitting is said to become his “natural habitat”.
ElombahNews gathered that the query, dated December 9, 2019, directed him to respond to the “weighty allegations” within 48 hours of receipt is yet to be responded to.
He is also yet to reply to text messages sent to him by this medium.
See attached pages 1 and 11 of the 12-page document: