Wednesday, 27 December 2017

My EFCC Invitation Not Connected To Goodluck Jonathan - Ngozi Olejeme

A former chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr Ngozi Olejeme, has refuted claims her detention by the EFCC is connected to former President Goodluck Jonathan. Olejeme was invited and detained by the anti-graft agency to answer questions concerning her alleged involvement in a N69bn fraud.

This is contained in a statement she made on Tuesday wherein she also revealed that she was not arrested and presented herself at the EFCC office of her own volition. The statement, made available by media aide, Stanley Imoko, said no illegally-acquired amount of money was raced to her account. It insisted that she had no idea that funds were being siphoned and only became aware of it when “she was declared wanted by EFCC for alleged diversion of several billions of Naira by her and the management”

The statement reads:“Our attention has been drawn to erroneous media reports about the circumstance surrounding the issues Dr Ngozi Olejeme is currently having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.“While we recognise the constitutional right of the media to inform the public, we are inclined to set the records straight by stating what has transpired so far between Dr. Ngozi Olejeme and the EFCC.

"Dr. Olejeme who was declared wanted three months ago by EFCC for alleged diversion of several billions of Naira in NSITF where she was a part time Chairman during the last administration turned herself in voluntarily to EFCC on Monday the 18th of December, 2017 in order to clear her name which the alleged story of diversion tried to smear. "Dr Olejeme was appointed a part time chairman of the agency when the agency was moribund and comatose having been divested of its core responsibility of managing pension funds of Nigerian workers by the New Reform Pension Act of 2004.

"Dr Olejeme’s dexterity saw the enactment of a new law by the National Assembly that gave some responsibilities ( like social scheme compensation for employees who suffer injury or death in the course of their duties) to the agency and which resurrected the agency back to life.“The agency that had only two functional offices when she was appointed witnessed a tremendous growth both in offices across the length and breadth of Nigeria and personnel from 80 employees to about 7000 by the time she exited from the board.”

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