Ekiti Group challenges EFCC chairman on petitions against APC chieftains, says petitions against Fayemi disregarded
The Ekiti Justice Group (EJG) has described as false,
claim by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting
Chairman, Ibrahim Magu that the commission do not have any petition
against chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying; “it
is on record that petitions were submitted to the EFCC office in Abuja
against former governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi by the State
Government and concerned groups.”
While trying to defend allegation of political witch hunt against the
EFCC, Magu had said; “Such accusations have come up a lot, but, we
work with petitions before us, in fact, I am eager and waiting for
something from the other side, but nothing has come so far.”
However, reacting through a statement signed by its National
Secretary, Comrade Ebenezer Olaleye, the EJG said it was on record
that the Save Ekiti Coalition (SEC) wrote petition dated September 26,
2014 to the EFCC and ICPC and the petition was submitted in Abuja on
September 29, 2014 and that the State Government even had to write a
letter to the EFCC last year September, reminding the commission of
EJG said it was a clear confirmation of EFCC partisanship for Magu to
claim ignorance of the SEC petition duly received by the commission
with attached documents on September 29, 2014.
The group said the EFCC chairman should rather come clean and tell
Nigerians that under the President Mohammadu Buhari led APC
government, only those opposed to the federal government must be
presented as corrupt while APC chieftains who are supporting the
President can never be corrupt even if there were evidence that they
stole their states blind.
The SEC petition signed by its Secretary, Comrade Oke Ayodele was
titled; “Complaint of fraudulent practices against Ekiti State
Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and others: call for investigation and
The group alleged that the frauds were perpetrated through N2.6
billion construction of new civic centre, N383.9m earthwork for new
governor's office, diversion of State Universal Basic Education Board
(SUBEB) and Local Councils funds through contracts worth N4.2bn,
inflation of road contracts worth over N10bn and diversion of N1.2bn
The petition read in part; “Contract for the construction of a New
Civic Centre was awarded to TIANJIN-YUYANG Construction Eng. Limited
on August 30, 2012 at the cost of N2, 573,584,395.75, while
Consultancy on the construction was awarded to CASA Nig Ltd on June
11, 2012 at the cost of N137, 611,325.07.
“Curiously, as at the end of 2012, a sum of N643,396,098.94
(representing 25% of total contract sum) had been paid to
TIANJIN-YUYANG Construction Eng. Limited while the consultant, CASA
Nig. Ltd was paid N89,801,901.06 (representing 80% of total contract
“In 2013, a sum of N350, 116,245.17 was paid to TIANJIN-YUYANG
Construction Eng. Limited, making a total sum of N993, 512,344.11
(representing 45% of total contract sum).
“While the Project contractor was paid 25% of the contract sum in
2012, why was the consultant paid 80% of the contract sum? Information
available to us indicates that the Consultant was hurriedly paid 80%
of the contract sum so as to enable some officials of the government
get N50m of the contract sum.
“Also, payment to the contractor was changed to N350, 116,245.17 in
the 2014 Capital Projects Report, as against the sum of N643,
396,098.94 presented in the 2013 Capital Projects Report.
“Contract for the construction of earthwork for the New Governor's
Office was awarded to PONTI-ITALWARE Nig Ltd on March 3, 2012 at the
sum of N383, 900,911.06, with a sum of N115, 170,273.32 paid to the
contractor. The New Governor's Office was proposed to be constructed
from the N25bn Bond obtained by the State Government, with N3,
474,700.000.00 earmarked for the project. “However, with N115,
170,273.32 paid to PONTI-ITALWARE Nig Ltd form earthwork, as at today,
the site has been abandoned, with no significant work done.
“By our own assessment, what was spent on the site cannot be more than N5m.
“Also, in the 2014 Capital Projects Report, the N115, 170,273.32 paid
for the earthwork was deleted, raising poser as to why the payment was
missing from the 2014 updated account.
“In 2012, contracts worth N4, 246,094,751.14 were awarded through the
Bureau of Special Projects (under the Governor's office), headed by
Mr. Kelekun. The contracts were for renovation of schools, supply of
school furniture and construction of classrooms. Funds for these
projects were taken from SUBEB and Local Governments accounts.
“Of these contracts, N3, 672,078,820.14 were for renovation of schools
alone. Atlantic Offshore & Properties got N1, 152,562,555.14, Strabic
Nig. Ltd got N1, 107,744.408.21, Bam Darley Nig. Ltd. got N924,
977,310.95 while Fatub Nig. Ltd got N486, 794,545.84.
“Immediately the renovation contracts were awarded, Atlantic Offshore
& Properties was paid N750 million (70% of contract sum), Strabic Nig.
Ltd was paid N600 million (65% of contract sum), Bam Darley Nig. Ltd
was paid N600 million (70% of contract sum) while Fatub Nig.
Engineering Ltd was paid N150 million (60% of contract sum).
“A total of N2.1bn was paid from SUBEB and LG accounts to these
contractors even before the commencement of work, and over 40% of the
payment was diverted into private pockets.
“In the 2014 Capital Projects Report, payments to the contractors
were presented as; a: Atlantic Offshore & Properties – N1,
022,130,415.64; b: Strabic Nig. Ltd – N957, 237,829.62; c: Bam Darley
Nig. Ltd – N742, 730,990.25; and d: Fatub Engineering Nig. Ltd – N431,
“As at the time N1, 022,130,415.64 was paid to Atlantic Offshore &
Properties, only 60% work had been done, meaning that Atlantic
Offshore & Properties was only entitled to N691, 537,551. Bam Darley
Nig. Ltd that was paid N742, 730,990.25 had done 60% work too and
ought to have been paid N554, 986,386.57.
“Using the State Public Works Corporation (PWC), rehabilitation 5km
township roads were embarked upon in each of the 16 LGs. Contracts for
the rehabilitation of these roads were awarded without any input from
the respective LGs while fund for the project was deducted from the
local councils allocation.
“For instance, rehabilitation of 5km roads in Moba LG was awarded for
N368, 950,821.09, Ido/Osi LG for N329, 950,821.50 and Ilejemeje LG for
N347, 914,157.68. Apart from the PWC, cronies of Governor Kayode
Fayemi were also given the contract. Most of the road projects have
“In 2010, the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government
released $7.5m (about N1.2bn) for FADAMA III Project. The State
Government was expected to provide counterpart fund of N100m. FADAMA
III was for LIVESTOCK farmers. However, the N100m counterpart fund was
not provided by the State government until 2013.
“Instead of using this fund for the purpose for which the World Bank
and FG released it, the State Government set up a scheme called Youths
Commercial Agriculture Development Programme (YCAD) and used the
FADAMA III grant from the World Bank and FG to fund it. 6-10 YCAD
farmers were purportedly given N6 million each while FADAMA farmers,
who registered FUGs of Ten (10) farmers collectively applied for six
hundred and ninety thousand Naira only (N69,000.00 per farmer) were
“There were just 142 YCAD members, but the government claimed they
were 15,000. “The government also claimed that it bought NINE Tractors
at N98m and constructed abattoir for N18m. However, the tractors
claimed to have been bought with N98m were the ones supplied to Ekiti
State by the federal government during the immediate past
administration of Engr Segun Oni.
“Also, the N100m counterpart fund paid by the State government into
FADAMA's ECO Bank, Ado-Ekiti account was later returned to the
“For FADAMA IV, a sum of $10.5m (about N1.7bn) was released in August,
this year by the World Bank in collaboration with the FG for cassava
plantation. Moves are now being made to siphon this fund.”