EFCC begins investigation of failed federal road projects in South-east

EFCC operative
EFCC operative

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has initiated investigations into failed federal road contracts in the South-East.

The commission has invited all contractors awarded various road contracts by the federal government for questioning.

The EFCC’s Zonal Head of Operations, Johnson Babalola, said this on Tuesday in Enugu while briefing journalists on the activities of the commission in the past seven months in the area.

Mr. Babalola said that probe became necessary in view of the deplorable condition of the roads in the zone.

“The deplorable condition of federal roads in the South-East has caught our attention. The zone has one of the poorest roads in the country. Yet, the contracts were awarded.

“So, we have invited the contractors and we are currently inspecting their records. Everything that surrounds the award of the contracts and execution of the roads will be probed.”

Mr. Babalola urged members of the public to avail the commission of useful information that would aid it to do the investigation.

He said that the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government still subsisted and urged the people to leverage on it.

“We solicit for useful information from members of the public in order to get to the root of the investigation we have started.”

He said that anyone, including contractors, politicians or ordinary Nigerians found culpable during the investigation would be prosecuted.

Mr. Babalola also said that the zonal office had created an office at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, to checkmate money laundering.

He said that the effort was in partnership with other sister agencies that had roles at the airport.

He said that the EFCC, under the supervision of Ibrahim Magu, had recorded significant feat in the onslaught against corruption.

Babalola attributed the success story of the commission to the zeal of President Muhammadu Buhari, who had been at the vanguard of the fight.

“Since the inception of this administration there has been resurgence in financial crime fight.”

Mr. Babalola said that though the commission’s successes had drawn the ire of some politicians and their cronies, the commission was not deterred.

(NAN)


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  • Rote

    Many people will either run into self exile or commit suicide very soon. This is not witch-hunt those concerned should take note! South-West roads should be next. All failed road contracts 1999 – date

  • NwaIgbo

    Please no long investigation for the roads in the South East says it all. Start from 1999 and do not forget all contracts awarded for the second Niger Bridge. The thieves in my Igbo land have strong teeth, so don’t deal with them with common armor, go with every imaginable armor and be careful so they don’t bride you and EFCC.

    • Dr Norm

      How do you know that Igbo contractors are responsible for the terrible state of federal roads in the region? Why dabble in self-hate? But even then why does the nigerian government award these contracts to locals, while giving road contracts in the North and in other parts of nigeria to larger foreign and more experienced companies? Is it a part of the “secret” nigerian post-war policy of neglecting and punishing the East? And other than the bad roads where are other federal infrastructures-industries, military institutions (other than army barracks), seaports, airports etc. They are all in the North and the SW. These horrible roads which have led to the death of thousands of people, as well as the total neglect of the region, point to a hidden agenda: A deliberate effort by the caliphate to continue the 1966 pogroms and the Biafra war of genocide by other means. Biafra is the Only Solution.

  • Julius

    The stoppage of FREE flow of money after the defeat of Jonathan is the root of this fraud and fake cry of marginalization and separations. I bet you the contractors will be mostly Igbos. By the way, this is not limited to the SE but the difference is the fake cry for some separation. Nonsense !

    • abodes_124

      All this fake cry of being slaughterd by the army, the police and Fulani herdsmen now and the hausa Fulani’s in 1966 . I don’t know what is wrong with these Igbo people

      • Julius

        I think everybody is beginning to see what’s going on now. It is a fraud ,a fake all in the name of making money.

      • Dr Norm

        may your family and those who think like you suffer the same pogroms and genocide as the Igbo. nigeria is reaping what it sowed-sharia islamic law, boko haram, fulani islamic militia, ethnic and religious cleansing of northern Christian minorities “used” by the fulani caliphate to fight the Biafrans, millions of refugees, kwashiokor or “gowon’s disease,” the very starvation disease inflicted on Igbo children by nigeria, and the absence of peace, stability and progress. The Bible says that you reap what you sow; all the supporters of nigeria’s atrocities and evils against innocent people will suffer a similar fate.

        • abodes_124

          Sarcasm was intended to the comment of the original poster but perhaps not appreciated. I am on the same page with you Sir

    • abodes_124

      I also bet the probe will start from 2010 and like the arms probe will skip any years or names that are inconvinient

      • Julius

        That is if there will be a genuine probe at all.

  • Bright Ezeh

    EFCC please probe them and jail them if they are found guilty , South East roads are too bad ,

  • tunde008

    Iwuanyanwu should take note.

    • Julius

      lolz, you notice how quiet he is ? He is one of the people running the country to the ground. He got so rich from Jonathan administration . Let’s hope he is not one of the ipob sponsors .

      • abodes_124

        If you ask Iwuanyanwu he like most South Eastreners and some South Southerners will say ‘I am a proud Biafran’. That should not make him and the others sponsors or supporters of IPOB.
        The sooner you and other Nigerians understand the weight and potential that statement carries the better for the future of Nigeria

        • Julius

          “The sooner you and other Nigerians understand the weight and potential that statement carries the better for the future of Nigeria”

          Really ? The weight and potential carries nothing ! Maybe they should be the ones worrying and watching their backs. Ojukwu tried that..remember ?

  • Ude Anaruagu

    WHO WILL INVESTIGATE THE CALLOUS KILLINGS AND WANTON DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTIES BY THESE HERDSMEN……………..

    USELESS APC LED GOVERNEMNT….NP PURPOSE….NO DIRECTION.

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    These are the questions KANU and his gang should have asked instead of engaging in misplaced priorities

    • abodes_124

      The problem we are experience and continue to experience is because people like Bihari and yourself give more prominence to Kanu and his cohorts . You also conflate people’s sentiment and remembrance of the Biafran cause to the rankings of a hot headed young man.
      When the majority of South Easterners say we are ‘Biafrans’ you need to see it in the context which President Kennedy said ‘Ich bin Berliner’