BREAKING!! Group Drags Cross River Lawmaker To EFCC Over Alleged Contract Fraud
Alleged Contracts Scandal: Group Petitions Rt.Hon Legor Idagbor to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC
A group known as Northern Cross River Youths Coalition has forwarded a petition to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over alleged contracts scandal.
The coalition alleged that on September 25, 2020, a contract sum of one hundred and twenty-two million, eight hundred and nine thousand, seven-five naira (N122,809,075.00) was awarded by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) for the execution of ICT Centre in Bendi Technical School, Bendi, Obanliku local government area of Cross River State.
The group said that the money ended up in the hands of a contractor, Ibex Train Nigeria Ltd, who only repainted two classrooms rather than building the ICT centre as stated in the contract documents.
In a petition signed by the Coordinator of the Coalition, Comrade Michael Sunday, it stated that Ibex Train, an Abuja-based contracting firm, is strongly affiliated to Legor Idagbo, who also doubles as the Chairman, House Committee on Local Content, Federal House of Representatives.
Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbo, Member representing Obudu/Bekwarra/Obanliku Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.
Other companies which got similar contracts includes Kresto Paco and Ayioludo Nigeria, Ltd.
The petition reads:
The Executive Chairman,
Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
Institution & Research Cadastral District,
Petition Against Rt. Hon Legor Idagbo, Member Representing Bekwarra/Obudu/Obanliku Federal Constituency of Cross River State.
We are a Non-governmental, Non-Religious, Non-Political, Non-Profit oriented organization set up to advocate for good governance, and anti-corruption in Cross River North Senatorial District.
Our investigation has revealed that Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbo, the house of representatives member representing Bekwarra/Obudu/Obanliku Federal constituency and House Committee Chairman on Nigerian Content Developement & Monitoring Board, NCDMB has been engaged in a fraudulent non-execution and non- completion of constituency projects contracts awarded to his cronies in flagrant abuse of our extant laws.
We have meticulously investigated and uncovered huge financial fraud, sleaze and outright non-execution of the projects by the member of Parliament.
The companies which got the contracts are allegedly affiliated to Hon Legor Idagbor who incidentally is the Chairman of the house committee on local content.
Our investigation revealed that instead of building and constructing the projects as contained in the contracts schedule, the contractors only renovated and collected 50% of the contract sum as kick back. This implies that the contracts were not fully executed in compliance with the contract terms and conditions.
While congratulating you on your appiontment as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, we therefore urge you to use your good office and cause further investigation on this matter and bring the perpetrators to book.
Attached to this petition are relevant copies of the contract documents.
As at the time of filing this report, efforts to contact Rt. Hon. Legor Idagbor proved abortive as we couldn’t reach his phone.
See details attached.