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N2.5bn scam: EFCC arraigns Bayelsa Accountant-General, 2 others

By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has filed a six count charge against the Bayelsa State Accountant General, Mr  Francis Okokuro, Director of Treasury, Mr Abbot Clinton and Director of Finance, Mr Ikobho Anthony Howells over alleged N2.5billion scam bordering on money laundering and advance fee fraud.

It was gathered yesterday that the three Bayelsan civil servants had been in custody since last Tuesday when the agency arrested them in Yenogoa.

Also charged with them is the State Commissioner for Finance who has been declared wanted by the anti-graft agency after he escaped through a window when he sighted the operatives.

The first count of the six count charge read: ”that you, Abbot T.Clinton, Ikobho Anthony Howells and Dr Sylva Osuala, at large, sometime between October, 2009 and February, 2010 at various places in Nigeria, including Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court did conspire to commit a crime to wit: conversion of properties and resources amounting to N2,000,000,000.00, belonging to Bayelsa Government and derived from an illegal act with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the said amount and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17 [a] of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Act), 2004 and punishable under Section 14 [1] of the same Act.”


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