Two military personnel and two bank officers have been sued to court by the federal government of Nigeria – They are standing trial for allegedly diverting N339 million military pension fund to personal use – They reportedly diverted the money under the pretext that they were paying next of kin of late soldiers The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has arraigned two military personnel and two bank managers to court for diverting the sum of N339 million from the Military Pension Board account. NAIJ.com learnt that the military personnel are Wing Commander Ishaka Yakubu and Lt.-Commander Akinbamidele Odunsi. The two officers reportedly connived with two bank officials; Mrs. Violet Ogoegbunam (the manager of a bank on Kuforodua Street, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja) and Mrs. Abidemi Aderemi Kolade (a relationship manager at the bank
According to a report by The Nation, they were said to have diverted N339,374,478.58 from the MPB, under the pretext that the money represented payments to some “supposed next of kins to dead military pensioners as death benefits”. Wing Commander Yakubu is said to be a cashier with the MPB. Lt.-Commander Odunsi is described as an Assistant Director, Computer, with the MPB. This information formed the substance of a four-count charge filed on behalf of the Federal Government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The charge, filed on May 31, 2017, was endorsed by Steve Odiase of the Legal and Prosecution Department of the EFCC in Abujl
The two bankers are named in counts 1 and 2, relating to conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence in respect of the alleged N339,374,478.58 fraud. Yakubu and Odunsi are named in the four counts, and charged with obtaining by false pretence, and abuse of office in respect of N190m which they allegedly received from the N390m. According to the EFCC, the offences of obtaining money under false pretence were said to be contrary to section 1(i) (a) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006, while offences of conspiracy to obtain money under false pretence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.
On the list are 3 former governors, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state, Jolly Nyame of Taraba state and Rasheed Ladoja of Oyo state. Also due for appearance in court today are former Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, the former publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh and the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed. Watch video of EFCC officials staging a walk against corruption