A former Commissioner for Public Utilities in Ebonyi State, Benjamin Ogbonnaya Okah, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged abuse of office and collecting gratification to the tune of N83 million.
The former commissioner was arrested on Monday based on a petition by the Ebonyi State Government over a $12 million contract to a US based company Califco Group.
The state government said despite the payment of $10.8million as mobilization fee into the accounts of the said company, the project has been abandoned since 2012.
Following receipt of the petition, the anti-graft agency immediately swung into action.
The EFCC’s investigation revealed that both the Abuja and Ebonyi State addresses of the said company were not only fictitious, Mr. Okah was discovered to have allegedly collected gratification from the company in the sum of N83 million between July 30, 2012 and December 30, 2014, through his companies: Global Victory Allied Company and Mahco Mega Nigeria Limited.
Investigation into the matter is still ongoing.