BY Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA—A Spanish contractor, Mr. Jose Lopez-Pepe, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, urging it to probe alleged 1.6 million Euro(3.6bn) contract fraud in Imo State.
Specifically, Lopez-Pepe alleged that his Nigerian partner, one Benjamin Emenike, connived with some commissioners in Imo State to divert the contract funds.

In the petition filed through his lawyer, Abiodun Oduwole, a copy of which he equally sent to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, the Spaniard, alleged that while he travelled abroad to procure technical drawings and other equipment for the contract valued at about N3.6 billion, Emenike, who is the Managing Director of a company, Hormipresa Nigeria Ltd, collected part payment for the project and bought several exotic cars.

Insisting that he never received the payment by the state government for the job, the contractor begged the IGP and the anti-graft agency to investigate his Nigerian partner and some officials of Imo State government and make them account for the project funds.

It will be recalled that Mr Lopez-Pepe, who is the manager of New International FPS SL, was earlier arrested by the police over allegation of defrauding Imo State government by collecting funds to execute a contract but failed to deliver.



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