N1.3b Fraud: EFCC Freezes Bank Account Of Oyo Assembly DFA Over Fraud Claims
A bank account belonging to Mrs. B. O. Ogundipe, who serves as Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) for the Oyo State House of Assembly, has been blocked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The account was suspended, according to Daily Post, on Wednesday, as part of the Assembly’s continuing investigation into the purchase of vehicles.
It was learned that the EFCC had previously summoned some officers of the State Assembly about money wasted on the purchase of vehicles totaling N1.3 billion.
The development came as a result of a petition filed with the EFCC by an Abuja-based attorney.
Tosin Ojaomo, the petitioner, claimed that some of the vehicles purchased for members of the House of Representatives were reconditioned vehicles.
In his appeal, the petitioner claimed that the purchased automobiles were repaired and resold to members of the assembly as new vehicles.
Ojaomo claimed that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Adebo Ogundoyin, worked in collusion with top public servants to provide MPs with refurbished cars rather than new ones.
However, it was discovered on Wednesday that the DFA’s account has been blocked by the anti-graft agency.
The EFCC has slapped a Post-No-Debit (PND) on the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for initially failing to honor an invitation from the commission.
The placement of a PND prevents the owner from withdrawing funds from his or her checking or savings account.
It has been reported that the director is one of the members of the Assembly who has been subjected to questioning by the EFCC.
Attempts made to obtain a response from major officers of the House of Assembly, on the other hand, remained fruitless.
Calls placed to the mobile phone of Kazeem Olayanju, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, were unanswered.
No response has been received from Olayanju, as of the time of reporting this article, in response to messages addressed to him asking for his comment.