EFCC probes Nwaoboshi Over Alleged Operation of 20 Accounts in 6 banks With Different Signatories •Senator to be Invited for Interrogation

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Abuja: Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, representing Delta North Senatorial District of Delta state is currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraud.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator and his brother, Augustine Nwaoboshi, are being investigated for allegedly not executing N4 billion contracts by the government of Delta state. The Nation reports that the lawmaker operates 20 accounts in six banks with different signatories. It was also learnt that the senator allegedly bought a 12-storey building in Apapa, Lagos, belonging to the Delta state government for N805 million using a company as a front.

It was also reported that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) record indicated that the senator “did not declare all the companies and bank accounts he has despite being operational prior to the time he made the declaration.”

Sources hinted also that the senator’s investigation is sequel to a petition from Delta state. Delta state alleging that the senator’s firm which was awarded a N1,580,000,000 contract by the Direct Labour Agency to supply construction equipment did not follow specification. Instead, he supplied used equipment, contrary to the Bill of Quantity which specified new ones.

The Nation also reported that the Senator’s firm allegedly secured over N2 billion contracts from nine local government areas in Delta worth over N2billion without necessary registration. After securing a N474,936,000 contract from the Waste Management Board to supply bulldozers, payloaders and tipper lorries, the EFCC reportedly delivered that the firm supplied used items contrary to the contract specifications.

An EFCC said: “We have traced five companies to the senator. We were able to detect that in the course of contract execution, his company imported and supplied used equipment, contrary to the specifications in the bill of quantity.

“Our team has discovered that the senator’s personal and companies’ bank accounts were linked to a bank verification number (BVN) which has more than 20 accounts domiciled in six banks. But his relative is the sole signatory to the accounts. “They also located one foreign account identified with the senator in HSBC Bank in Marbile Arch London, United Kingdom.” Responding to a question, the EFCC source added: “So far, the senator has questions to respond to bordering on false asset declaration, official corruption, procurement fraud, tax avoidance, false information, impersonation and embezzlement of public funds.

“We are almost concluding the investigation of the senator. We will soon invite him for interview,” the EFCC source said.

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