The Federal Government has disclosed how two military personnel, Wing Commander Ishaka Yakubu and Lt.-Commander Akinbamidele Odunsi criminally collaborated with two bankers to allegedly divert N339m from the Military Pension Board (MPB) in February 2016.
The bankers are Mrs. Violet Ogoegbunam (the manager of a bank on Kuforodua Street, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja) and Mrs. Abidemi Aderemi Kolade (a relationship manager at the bank). Wing Commander Yakubu is said to be a cashier with the MPB. Lt.-Commander Odunsi is said to be as an Assistant Director, Computer, with the MPB.
They are accused of diverting N339,374,478.58 from the MPB, under the smokescreen that the money represented payments to some “supposed next of kins to dead military pensioners as death benefits”.
This is the crux of a four-count charge filed on behalf of the Federal Government by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against them before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The two bankers are named in counts 1 and 2, relating to conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence in respect of the alleged N339,374,478.58 fraud.
While Yakubu and Odunsi are named in the four counts – charged with obtaining by false pretence, and abuse of office in respect of N190m which they allegedly received from the N390m.
Obtaining money under false pretence were said to be contrary to section 1(i) (a) and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006, while offences of conspiracy to obtain money under false pretence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act, the EFCC said. While the offence of abuse of office by obtaining money by false pretences in Count 4, was said to be contrary to Section 19 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under the same section, the anti-graft agency added.
The hearing of the matter is yet to be fixed.