The Police Command of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, is currently being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over a multi-billion naira contract scam involving the head of the Payroll Office who is alleged to have appropriated police funds to himself through fraudulent payments into some organizations’ and friends’ accounts through the use of fictitious payment vouchers.
A petition forwarded to the EFCC by a non-governmental organization called League of Civil Service Evaluators, had accused the Police Payroll Officer, Mr. Babatunde S. Ogunjimi, of fraudulent activities and abuse of office and called for his probe by the anti-graft agency.
Prompted by the weighty allegations contained in the petition, EFCC’s investigation unearthed a web of intricate fraudulent payment system existing at the payroll office where officials of the office allegedly used bank accounts of individuals and companies as conduits for embezzling funds through payment for fictitious contracts or allowances into these accounts.
Account owners thereafter collected 10% of the sums paid into their accounts and allegedly returned the balance to Mr. Ogunjimi.
In the report of investigation filed by the EFCC before a Federal High Court siting in Abuja, the agency’s report showed that some of the collaborators in the scam have refunded various amounts received as commission for the parts they played in looting the Police Payroll funds.