Wednesday, 10 April 2013

N1.1 Billion Alleged to be Police Pension Fund Traced to Female Chief Accountant’s Account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said yesterday that about N1, 141, 309, 080.25 suspected to be Police Pension Fund has been traced to the account of the female chief accountant in the Police Pension Office, Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang.
Out of the 7 companies that were alleged to be involved in the crime, more than 20 assets have been traced to Uzoma.
A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said:

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has concluded arrangement to arraign another major suspect in the billion naira Police Pension scam. Mrs. Uzoma Cyril Attang will on Wednesday April 10, 2013 be docked before Justice Hussain Baba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja on charges bordering on stealing and criminal breach of trust.
“She allegedly abused her position to enrich herself while she served as chief accountant in the Police Pension Office between 2003 and 2008.
“She is to be arraigned alongside Esai Dangabar, Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Inuwa Wada, Mrs Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Sani Habila Zira, and Christian Madubuke. The other six suspects will be taking fresh pleas, having previously been arraigned before Justice Abubakar Talba on January 28, 2013.
“Attang, who was absent in court when the others were first arraigned, was in charge of the police pension fund when N7.8billion was stolen through 10,863 cheques.
“She was also discovered to have personally signed 1,042 cheques to the tune of N1, 141,309,080.25.
“Investigation revealed that Mrs. Attang used several companies to defraud the Police Pension Office.
“Some of the companies, which she allegedly used, are Royal Diadem Business Logistic Limited, Amazing Grace Property Development Company, Enyiuzo Ventures Limited, Status Symbols Rentals Limited, Status Travels and Tours Limited, Quillponte and Anifon Nigeria Limited.
“Operatives of the Commission have traced more than 20 assets to her, which are currently under investigation.”

6 persons already are facing trial in and she will be joining them today before Justice Hussain Baba of the FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja to according to EFCC.
Names of the other six are  Sani Habila Zira, Mrs Veronica Ulonma Onyegbula, Christian Madubuke,  Permanent Secretary-Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Esai Dangabar and Ahmed Inuwa Wada.

The six suspects were arraigned before Justice Abubakar Talba on January 28, but there are indications that all pension fraud cases may have been withdrawn from Justice Talba.
Justice Talba is being investigated by the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the controversial judgement he gave in respect of a pension fraud convict, John Yakubu Yusuf.

The convict, who admitted involvement in a N32.5billion pension fraud, was sentenced by Justice Talba to two years imprisonment with an option of N250,000 fine for each of the three counts.

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