The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested, questioned and detained a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh.
At the time of filing this report, the former lawmaker was being questioned for allegedly receiving a suspicious payment of N130 million from a contractor which the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) attributed to an electrification project. solar powered in Akwa Ibom State.
The said contract was awarded to a certain Phin Jin Project Limited in 2011 for N240 million. It was unclear whether the company was registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission.
One of the investigators explained that weeks after the contractor received the mobilization fee for the project, 130 million naira was transferred to Mrs. Etteh who is neither a director nor a shareholder of the company.
He said: “The payment of this huge sum to him is suspicious. She claims that the contractor repaid a debt owed to her, but this is doubtful. His claims are therefore examined.
“They even overpaid the contract. Instead of 240 million naira, they paid 287 million naira. These are thorny issues that she and the entrepreneur must explain and that is why she is questioned by agents.
Ms Etteh, who was president between June 6, 2007 and October 30, 2007, was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday by officers from the anti-corruption agency’s special duty unit, people familiar with the matter said.
EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren could not be reached last night for comment.