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EFCC explains how ex-Customs boss allegedly committed N3bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday summoned one Bridget Okafor, a previous Assistant Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs on a 13-check charge verging on maltreatment of office to the tune of N3,336,176,661.24.

She was charged before Justice Venchak S. Gaba of a Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Kwali.

One of the tallies peruses: “That you, Bridget Chienyezu Okafor, while being utilized in the open administration and filling in as Assistant Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service responsible for money and income, at some point in 2015 at Abuja inside the locale of this respectable court, did purposely secure a private enthusiasm for an agreement granted by Nigeria Customs Service to Erman Global Energy Engineering Nigeria Limited, an organization where your kids are chiefs and for which the Nigeria Customs Service paid the whole of eighty-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four naira (N89,999,964.00) just and you accordingly dedicated an offense opposite and culpable under area 12 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses act, 2000.”

She argued “not liable” to the charges.

Direction for the EFCC, Francis Jirbo, from that point, approached the Court for a date for initiation of preliminary, to empower the indictment to present its observers.

Guard counsel, Efut Okoi, in any case, educated the Court regarding a pending application under the watchful eye of the Court looking for safeguard for the respondent.

Contending the application for safeguard, Okoi, stated: “The respondent has never been summoned any court for any supposed offense all through her 35 years of administration, and she was likewise allowed safeguard by the arraignment. She is a mother and a spouse. Consequently, she can’t bounce safeguard.”

Okoi, along these lines, supplicated the Court to concede the litigant abandon liberal terms.

Reacting, Jirbo, said he had no case to challenge the sworn statement, as “she has been on safeguard by the commission and she generally respects the Commission’s welcome.”

The preliminary judge, from there on, conceded her to safeguard in the aggregate of N5 million, with two sureties in like total, who must be inside the purview of the Court, and who must be a government employee not beneath the Grade Level 14. She was additionally requested to present her universal visa with the Court register.

The issue has been deferred to July 3, 2019, for hearing.