EFCC To Grill Jibrin Over ‘Fraudulent’ Award Of Contract

EFCC To Grill Jibrin Over ‘Fraudulent’ Award Of Contract

By Chidi Arua | News Reporter on August 14, 2016
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Abdulmumin Jibrin, House of Representative, Suspension
Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, House of Representatives

Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former chairman, House of Representatives committee on appropriation, is on verge of being grilled by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, this week over a petition alleging “fraudulent award” of contracts worth N418m to firms linked to him.

The petition, dated July 26, 2016, was written by the Anti-corruption Unit of the National Youth Council of Nigeria. The EFCC acknowledged receipt of the petition on July 29.

Jibrin was reported to have been interrogated on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, over allegations relating to N17 billion money laundering.

It was gathered that the EFCC had concluded arrangements to interrogate the former appropriation committee chairman again this week.

An EFCC source told Punch that “operatives will before the end of the week, invite him to answer questions relating to the fresh petition.”

In the   petition, the NYCN stated that in September 2014, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons awarded 10 contracts to five companies in the combined sum of N418m in one day.

It noted that the contract documents merely directed the firms to make supplies to “Kano State”, but did not indicate the purpose of the contract, the location where the supplies would be delivered, nor the names of the recipients.

However, in each of the contract document, the agency copied Jibrin, who was at the time the chairman, House Committee on Finance.

Part of the petition read, “All contacts were awarded in one day; all the contracts were awarded to Kano State.

“All the contract award letters were copied to Jibrin; three of the companies are located in the same EFAB Mall, Area 11, Abuja.

“Two of the companies, which got four of the contracts, used the same office address, Suite A47, EFAB Mall, Area 11, Abuja.”

Going through the contracts papers, Punch reports that one of the firms, M/S Eash Progressive Ventures, was awarded a contract to supply 140 units of computers for N47.6m.

Another firm, Eleku Construction Limited, was awarded a contract worth N44.1m to supply 2,452 bags of “maize and millet to Kano State.”

The council urged the EFCC to probe the contracts because of the “curious” nature of the deals, which did not include any other lawmaker or the Kano State Government other than Jibrin, who was copied.

It called on the commission to establish the “capability” or otherwise of Jibrin and the federal commissioner, who awarded the 10 contracts.

It added, “The unit cost of the supplies in the 10 contracts is outrageous.

“Efforts to trace evidence of completion of the contracts have proved abortive.

“The description of the companies is ambiguous, as they were all supplies to Kano State, without any specification to whom or what purpose the supplies would be deployed.”

The document to the EFCC was signed by the Council’s coordinator, Mr. Ifeanyi Okonkwo.

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