EFCC uncovers N100million from Cross River SUBEB
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC has saved the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB from fraudsters after uncovering one hundred million Naira (NGN100,000,000) from the Board’s UBE Matching Grant account in Abuja.
The suspects, one Tom Sambo and his cohorts who forged the signature of the Executive Chairman and the Board Secretary met their waterloo in an attempt to get the money from the bank after the bank alerted the EFCC amid suspicion.
Condemning the fraudulent act, The Board Chairman, Dr. (Barr.) Stephen Odey has described it as a nefarious act perpetrated against the Board and the State Government. He added that fraudulent activities such as this are calculated attempts to cause problems for the Board.
“See the length people go to commit crime, these people whom I do not know from anywhere forged my signature and that of the Board’s Secretary. If this was not uncovered by the EFCC, tomorrow people will carry stories that the money was withdrawn by the Executive Chairman”, he said.
Dr Odey commended EFCC for their timely intervention to the situation and for swooping in to stall the fraudulent attempt on the account, thereby vindicating the Board. He said on several occasions EFCC has placed a lien on the Board’s Matching Grant account as a result of frivolous petitions.
On interrogation, one of the suspects, Tom Sambo said he has never met or seen neither the SUBEB Chairman nor the Board’s Secretary.
According to him, “to the best of my knowledge and being honest, I have never seen or known any of them in any way, and they both don’t know me in anyway either”, he emphasised.
The suspects who are presently in EFCC detention apologised to the State and the Board while appealing for forgiveness.
“I apologise and kindly ask for your forgiveness towards my habit and action towards your personality and the entire State. Please use your heart and office to forgive my unlawful action”, he appealed.
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman who is also a legal practitioner has maintained his transparency stance and has warned the general public to stay away from fraudulent activities, pledging that all those who refuse to do so will be made to face dire consequences.
This incident is coming barely two months after the Executive Chairman apprehended a fraudster in the State with four forged award letters for execution of projects amounting to N135 million (one hundred and thirty-five million naira).
The EFCC is getting set to arraign these fraudsters in Court.