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Oyo state anti-corruption agency detains civil servants, retirees over alleged N4.8 billion fraud

By Jimisayo Opanuga
17 November 2022   |   10:31 am
The Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA) has detained some serving and retired state civil servants over an allegedly fraudulent contract worth N4.8 billion.

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The Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA) has detained some serving and retired state civil servants over an allegedly fraudulent contract worth N4.8 billion.

The Anti-corruption agency’s chairman, Justice Eni Esan, disclosed this in a statement, on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Esan noted that the detained civil servants are Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, top officials.

She alleged that the officials tried to conceal the fraud, which involved the payment of the sum of N4.8 billion to three private companies without delivering the project in 2018.

“OYACA was able to discover this fraud despite concealment by the affected top officials to thwart the investigation exercise,” Esan said

“The fraud involved the payment of a humongous amount of money in the sum of N4.8 billion to three companies yet to show up for investigation in spite of our invitations.”

She added that the agency is working with the companies to recoup the money paid into their accounts in 2018 for supplies not made to date and everyone involved in the fraud will be treated equally under the law.

“OYACA makes bold to say that the law is no respecter of persons and everyone who has any form of connection with the matter will be dealt with according to the law,” she said.

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