Patricia Etteh: EFCC arrests ex-Speaker over N240m NDDC contract

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EFCC arrests ex-Speaker Patricia Etteh over N240m NDDC contract

, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for a shady contract worth N240 million awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

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Etteh was last seen on Tuesday at the EFCC’s Abuja office and had not been released as of 9 p.m.

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According to reports, the former speaker received N130 million from Phil Jin Project Limited, a company that was awarded a N240 million contract by the NDDC in 2011.

Etteh had been unable to explain why the firm transferred N130m to her out of the money, according to EFCC officials.

“Etteh is currently in our custody,” an EFCC official said. In 2011, the NDDC awarded Phil Jin Project Limited a N240 million contract for the supply of solar powered street lights in some Akwa Ibom communities.

“The firm received N34 million as an initial payment shortly after the contract was awarded. They received N253 million two weeks later, for a total of N287 million. Despite the fact that the contract was worth N240 million.

“Etteh is neither a company director nor a contractor.” However, the company compensated her with N130 million. As a result, she was asked to explain why the money was needed, but she was unable to do so. Either the company is acting as a front for her or there are some shady deals going on. In any case, we are unable to verify contract execution.”

Etteh was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives, representing the Ayedaade/Isokan/Irewole Constituency in Osun State from 1999 to 2011. Dimeji Bankole was appointed in her place after she resigned.

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