Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a senior staff of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Chinyere Christie Ekweonu — a surety for suspected fraudster, Hon Chidi Duru, who is said to be on the run, a senior operative of the anti-graft agency said in Abuja on Sunday, Vanguard reports.
The former House of Representatives member; one Chief O.O Ojo and a South African, Derrick Roper, representing Novare Holding Limited’s interest, are being wanted for diversion of millions of naira of FGPL, a licensed pension administrator.
Duru, whom EFCC said is fronting for some powerful political forces in the country, has also been accused of serving as the chairman of the board executive committee of FGPL that was ‘’fraudulently’’ involved in engaging the services of Hard Rain Software Limited , to develop a software for the licensed pension administrator at the cost of N31 million despite PENCOM – the apex regulatory agency for pension administrator’s directive calling for suspension of the project.
The anti-graft agency specifically accused Duru of diversion of N16 million, being part of the equity contribution of Novare Holding, a South African firm, to another business and collection of N20.5 million as “executive allowance” without board approval and diversion of the company’s assets worth millions of Naira for his personal use according to Leadership.
On the other hand, Duru, whom EFCC said was fronting for some powerful political forces, had also been accused of serving as chairman of the board executive committee of FGPL that was involved in engaging the services of Hard Rain Software Limited to develop a software for the licensed pension administrator at the cost of N31 million, despite PENCOM’s objections.
- News 24