N603 Milion has been traced to a wife the director of BIODEC branch in Bayelsa State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
EFCC Trace N603 Million to Civil Servant’s Wife Account
She is know as Mrs Esther Habu, the wife of Mr Josiah Habu, who is the Director of the Bioresources Development Centre in Bayelsa State. We larned from punch that the program was established in 2003 by the National Biotechnology Development Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, BIODEC is an intervention programme of the Federal Government aimed at developing the natural resources of Nigeria for use in agriculture, health, environment and industry.
The EFCC investigations apears that Mrs Esther wife of a director at the BIODEC branch in Bayelsa State, was given suspicious contracts even as a total sum of N603,000,000 was traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.
One of the anti-graft agency known as Mr Wilson Uwujaren reveal in statement that about N70m was traced to her husband.
The Director-General of NABDA, Prof Lucy Ogbadu, who oversees all BIODEC branches across the country was also arested by the EFCC.
According to the EFCC statement Prof Lucy Ogbadu allegedly received N23m from the slush fund.
Below is statement from the EFCC
“Operatives of the EFCC have arrested the serving Director-General of NABDA, Prof Lucy Ogbadu, for her alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and diversion of public funds to the tune of N23m.
“Ogbadu was arrested on Wednesday June 28 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following her alleged link with the Bayelsa State Director of BIODEC, Mr Josiah Habu, who is being investigated by the EFCC in a case of fraudulent diversion of the sum of N75m.
“Investigations by the EFCC showed that Ogbadu allegedly received the sum of N23m through a bank account belonging to the wife of Habu, Mrs Esther Habu, and admitted same in a voluntary statement made to the EFCC.
“Further investigations have also shown that Mrs Habu is one of the contractors with BIODEC, Odi, Bayelsa State, and a total sum of N603m has been traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of BIODEC across the country.”
The EFCC noted that Ogbadu’s link with all the alleged scams was being investigated,
According to punch report she has been served had been duly served with bail conditions while investigations continued.