The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has concluded arrangement to dock embattled Former Niger Delta Affairs Minister GodsdayOrubebe over an alleged N605million fraud.
The cash was withdrawn from the Constituency Project account of the ministry by five officials without authorisation while Orubebe was in charge.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC has already filed charges against the five directors.
They are: Yusuf Agabi (Director of Finance and Account) who contested for the governorship election under the PDP and lost to Tanko Al- Makura of the APC, AkporeOkeroghene (Deputy Director of Finance), AbibuAyinla (Director of Finance), IdowuAdewale (Deputy Director, Accounts) and Ngozi James (Deputy Director, Accounts).
According to the Chief Legal Officer of the ICPC, Paul Ahmed, the suspects “fraudulently withdrew N605 million from the Constituency Project account of the ministry without authorisation” between July 2013 and October 2014.
They were alleged to have made fictitious claims through payment vouchers to cover up the alleged fraud.
Although Justice Husseini Baba of the FCT High Court fixed September 16 for the arraignment of the suspects, the ICPC intensified its investigation by inviting Orubebe.
According to the fact-sheet obtained from the commission, Orubebe spent about two and a half hours on Monday with a team of investigators in the ICPC.
Orubebe arrived at about 9.59am and left at about 12.28pm.
It was not immediately clear if Orubebe was in any way connected with the alleged fraud or he is being prepared as a witness.
A source in ICPC said: “In spite of the fact that we have filed charges against five directors in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the investigation into the fraud is open-ended,Orubebe will join them too immediately after the vacation of Judges in september.
“Certainly, we still have some gaps to fill on the case because we are suspecting that there might be more accomplices in the system.
“Orubebe was in charge of the ministry when the fraud was perpetrated; we need to find out from him how things went wrong. Perhaps, he may give more insights.