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N2bn scam: Workers protest against MD

*To face EFCC, says BPE boss

ABUJA—Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) yesterday said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will probe the Managing Director of  ANAMMCO, Mr. Jacques Gelin over an alleged N2billiion scam.

Director-General of the Bureau, Dr. Christopher Anyanwu, confirmed the development when over 200 senior staff of ANAMMCO stormed BPE demanding the removal of Mr. Gelin and asking that he be charged to court for sundry abuses.

The  workers, however, claimed that Mr. Gelin’s activities was gradually crippling ANAMMCO operations, which they claimed was programmed to close shop by January 1, 2010, arrived the BPE premises with various placards and a mock coffin, in which they conspicuously wrote the name of the black-listed Managing Director.

After making their oral and documentary presentations to the BPE, Dr. Anyanwu told the aggrieved workers that it was not the first time government would be inundated with allegations bothering on fraudulent activities of Mr. Gelin, promising that he was currently being investigated by the anti-graft agencies.

According to Anyanwu, “this was not the first time we are hearing about the alleged fraud against Mr. Gelin.

The Anti-Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force is probing him, but he was granted bail based on the intervention of the French Embassy. We had also attended series of meetings in Germany where the issues were raised.

“I must tell you that we are impressed by the way you decided to go about this protest peacefully. We are also happy that you have documentary evidence of the allegations you have made. He will face the music.

I don’t think I can be bribed. Justice must be done in this matter though it seems it is taking a little longer time, but the course of justice could appear to be slow but surely will grind to its end.

“I must tell you that we are not trying to pass judgement from our side. That is what the law says, but we will take the appropriate steps on the petitions you had written. He must be made to defend himself of all these allegations, which to my mind are weighty enough.


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