The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, on Monday August 15, 2016, arrested a former Commissioner for Public Utilities in Ebonyi State, Benjamin Okah, for allegedly abusing his office and collecting gratification to the tune of N83 million.
The arrest was sequel to a petition by the Ebonyi State government over the $12 million contract to a United States-based company, Califco Group, which had been abandoned since 2012, the EFCC said in a statement Tuesday.
The contract was abandoned despite a mobilization of $10.8 million already paid by Ebonyi state government into the accounts of the said company, it said.
EFCC said investigation has revealed that both the Abuja and Ebonyi state addresses of the said company are fictitious.
“It the course of investigation, it was discovered that the former Commissioner allegedly collected gratification from the company in the sum of N83 million between July 30, 2012 and December 30, 2014, through his companies: Global Victory Allied Company and Mahco Mega Nigeria Limited,” the statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren said.