The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released details of how Senator Stella Oduah fraudulently connived with the new Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Shade Omoniyi, to divert part of N9.5 billion fund for security equipment at airports during her tenure as Minister of Aviation.
Shade Omoniyi was recently appointed by the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to replace Prof. Muritala Awodun as the Chairman of KWIRS.
Senator Oduah, who was Minister of Aviation between 2012 and 2014, allegedly connived with banks officials including Shade Omoniyi to perpetrate the fund diversion and allegedly used the money to procure broadcast equipment for Crystal Television Ltd., newspaper printing press, six dredgers and quarry.
The EFCC made these claims in an affidavit to support a suit filed before the Federal High Court against the senator.
The Nation newspaper reports that the Commission has already secured an interim forfeiture order on the items allegedly procured with the diverted fund. The order was granted on October 18 by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Division of the FHC. The case will come up for further proceedings on November 19.
The EFCC’s affidavit said: “On the 13th of July 2013, the EFCC received a petition written against the former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, alleging that she used her position as minister to swindle Federal Government of about N22billion.
“Another petition by the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) was. received on 22nd of July 2013 alleging financial recklessness, duplication of contracts, theft and abuse of due process against the former minister.
“Preliminary investigation conducted revealed the following facts: On 7th September, 2012 the Federal Ministry of Aviation awarded a contract for the procurement and installation of security equipment at the nation’s 22 airports to I-Sec Security Nigeria Ltd at the cost of N9,443,549,531.25 only and the award was accepted by I-Sec Security Nigeria Ltd through its letter dated. 8th September 2012.
“I-Sec Security Nigeria Ltd entered into a contract agreement with the Federal Ministry of Aviation, dated 11th September 2012.
“The former minister abused her office and position and fraudulently conspired with Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, between 13th September 2013. and 5th February 2013 to transfer the sum of N3,289,530,738.00 from I-Sec Security Nigeria Ltd’s Project Account 2. to five companies linked to the former minister, without the authorisation of the two signatories to the account – Messrs Apochi Igho, who is the Managing Director and Ayokunle Ajayi.Chat conversation endType a message…