Osinbajo’s Ex-Aide Allegedly Pockets N250m Meant For Contracts, Magu Accused Of Ordering Release After Arrest - The Naija Weekly

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Osinbajo’s Ex-Aide Allegedly Pockets N250m Meant For Contracts, Magu Accused Of Ordering Release After Arrest


Donald Wokoma, an ex-aide to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has been accused of collecting N250million without executing some contracts awarded to his firms in 2018 when he served as Special Assistant to the VP on National Economic Council (NEC).

According to PRNigeria’s Economic Confidential reports, Wokoma was a signatory to the bank accounts of the companies used to secure contracts without execution.

The revelations were made during investigation of EFCC activities under the suspended Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu who is facing a 5-year review in office, from 2015 to 2020.

While testifying before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential Investigative Committee on Thursday, a operative, whose name is withheld for security reason, said several contracts were awarded without execution and payments were made to companies under the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

The officer recalled that the case was assigned to Special Investigation Team in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) after an intelligence on PAP fraudulent activities.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that a company, Eagle Technology Ltd that was awarded a contract transferred money (same as the funds paid for the contract) to another company named Damijay Integrated Services, which was also awarded similar contract at the same amount.

Wokoma was the sole signatory to the account of Damijay Integrated Services where he, his wife and son were shareholders of the company.

A total of N250million was later transferred from Damijay to Elixir Investments Partners as Investment.

The EFCC investigator told the panel that Wokoma was detained but released on Magu’s instructions.

He disclosed that Wokoma’s Regular and Diplomatic Passports were retained but later released to him also on Magu’s directives.

The official said: “The N250million invested by Wokoma and traced to Elixir Invest was then placed on hold. Wokoma subsequently, instituted a civil suit for the hold placed on his fund to be lifted and the court-ordered sometime in November 2018 that in the absence of a court order, the hold should be lifted. However, in same November 2018, the ommission was granted a freezing order by the court on the funds which nullified the initial order.”

Magu allegedly directed that the name of Wokoma be removed from charges after four charges were then taken to the him when the operative concluded the investigation of the case with four separate charges proffered against Brig. Gen. Boroh (rtd) and Hanafi Moriki; Sgt. Joshua Ebemeiyefa; Donald Wokoma & Damijay; alongside Paul Ofana Santus and his firms.

The suspected chairman said only his company be charged.

Shortly after, some officers investigating the case were transferred for being “stumbling blocks” to the soft landing intended to be given to Wokoma.

Magu then allegedly directed that no one should look for the accused or any of his family members since it was only Damijay that was charged.

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