Another Foreign Affairs Director In Buhari Government Caught In Financial Fraud, Shielded By Ministers Since 2019

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An assistant director within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Amie Alex-Irobi, is presently on the centre of a N2.5 million monetary fraud which she engaged in in direction of a agency, Eraskorp Nigeria Limited, in keeping with paperwork obtained by SaharaReporters.

SaharaReporters gathered that Alex-Irobi, who’s on the Department of Technical Cooperation in Africa, collected the cash from the agency in late 2019 with guarantees to assist them safe contracts.

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The agency, after the director defaulted, then wrote a petition to the Ministry and the girl was subsequently introduced earlier than the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, for extra detailed investigations.

Top sources within the ministry acknowledged on Monday that as an alternative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, and the Minister of state For Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, to behave on the investigations, they shielded the girl and seconded her from the DTCA to a free commerce zone authority to function.

In a letter by the agency, Eraskorp, dated October 14, 2019, and written by its solicitor, Ajayi Olowo and Co and addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, the criticism was titled, “Report of obtaining False Pretext of a sum of N2.5 million from Eraskorp Nigeria Limited by Mrs Amie Alex-Irobi, an Assistant Director with DTCA.”  

The letter obtained by SaharaReporters reads, “We are authorized counsel to the Eraskorp Nigeria Limited, hereinafter known as our shopper. We have been briefed that Mrs Amie Alex-Irobi, a serving Assistant Director on the DTCA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 2017 collected from our shopper the sum of N2.5 million solely on the pretext that she was going to supply contracts/initiatives for our shopper.

“As at April 2019, Mrs Amie Alex-Irobi had neither refunded the said sum of money nor sourced any contracts/projects for our client. In view of the continual violation of the extant provisions of the law by the said Mrs Amie Alex-Irobi, who is currently a senior staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have forwarded a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – a copy of said petition for your necessary attention.”  

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs then wrote to the Director-General of the DTCA and directed the Assistant Director to be launched to the EFCC for investigation.

In a letter dated October 28, 2019, and signed by Ahmed Iya, Deputy Director (APEDD) for honourable minister, the ministry mentioned, “I am directed to forward herewith attached letter from Ajayi Olowo & Co solicitors, advocates, cooperate, property and tax consultants on the above subject for your attention and reaction.”

In one other letter dated February 18, 2020, and signed by Lot Egopija, Director (Planning Research and Statistics), the ministry directed the girl to look earlier than the EFCC for investigation and questioning.

Top sources instructed SaharaReporters that after Alex-Irobi got here again from the EFCC, her monetary fraud investigations regularly died down after lobbying with the 2 ministers.

“In 2016, she was demoted from rank of Assistant Director GL 15 to Chief Programme Officer GL 14 for acts of significant misconduct. In reality, the Disciplinary Committee really helpful her for dismissal from service however for the magnanimity of then minister, Kadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who directed for a evaluate on a compassionate foundation.

“It was thereafter that the officer embarked on another defrauding expedition culminating in the report under reference.  The two ministers are well aware of the issues but they are in the habit of shielding and making DTCA a safe haven for criminals. The matter has been left uninvestigated or treated with levity. She was in fact promoted in the December 2020 promotion exercise to the rank of Assistant Director and granted secondment to the African Free Trade Zone so as to circumvent and avoid further questions about the officer,” the supply acknowledged.

“She is from Rivers State however associated by marriage to the minister, Onyeama. She can be associated to Mr Lot Peter Egopija, Director, Planning Research and Statistics from Rivers State. This Mr. Egopija even went to the ridiculous extent of stating that the sooner indictment of the girl in 2016 for fraud associated actions was victimisation and ought to be reviewed.

“The DTCA Board headed by Ambassador Zubairu Dada with similar inclinations turned a blind eye to these gross misconduct,” one other supply mentioned.

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SaharaReporters had on May 3 reported {that a} director on the similar ministry, Suleiman Momoh, who raised a N10 million bribe which he paid to safe his workplace, was eliminated and changed after SaharaReporters’ story.

Authoritative sources acknowledged that Momoh was eliminated because the Head of Human Resource Department after he was summoned and couldn’t clear himself.

The former Head of HR, Mr Haliru Abubakar, was reportedly reinstated by the DTCA Director-General.

SaharaReporters had on April 23 uncovered how Momoh made a handwritten settlement to borrow cash from one among his buddies, whereas elevating the N10 million bribe which he paid to safe his workplace.

Apart from the settlement, there was additionally a petition in opposition to Momoh which was forwarded to the DTCA when Momoh refused to pay again the borrowed cash – a petition which was swept below the carpet by the previous Director-General and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada.

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