By Emmanuel Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Wednesday, arraigned a top official of the Salaries and Wages Commission, Rotimi Opemo before an FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja on a six count charge bordering on fraud and impersonation.
Opemo, a grade level 10 officer was said to have fraudulently obtained from the office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOCSF) a bank draft of N1,674,000.00 (One Million Six Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand Naira), being Civil Service Pension Gratuity payment which he lodged into a bank account he opened using the name, Ade Michael, a retired civil servant.
By his fraudulent act, he is said to have committed an offence punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offence Act 2006.
Though he pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him in court, Rotimi Opemo in hisÂ statement however admitted committing the offence.
â€œI initiated opening an account in Aso Savings and Loans with N5,000 under Ade Michaelâ€™s name in Kubwa Branch for the purpose of getting out excess money (meant) for pensioners.â€
Soon after the charges were read, counsel to the EFCC, Fatsuma Mohammed asked for a date for the commencement of the trial as she said the Commission was ready to proceed with the case based on available evidences.