EFCC Re-arrests, Arraigns Labour Ministry Perm Sec Over N10bn SURE-P Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Wednesday re-arrested a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Dr Clement Illoh Onubuogo, for alleged N10bn SURE-P fraud.
He was said to have been picked up at the premises of the Federal High Court in Lagos by operatives of the agency.
He was alleged to have shunned an invitation to clear the air over an alleged diversion of N606m SURE-P fund under his watch.
The EFCC said Onubuogo converted the funds from the N10bn released by the Federal Government during his supervision of the Subsidy Reinvestment (SURE-P) programme.
Onubogo was in court for his trial in a separate charge filed against him by the commission.
He was earlier arraigned for allegedly not declaring some of his hidden cash assets.
The anti-graft agency said he failed to declare N97, 300,613.44, $139,575.50 and £10,121.52 found in three of his bank accounts.
Onubuogo pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned before Justice Babs Kuewumi.
When the case was called Wednesday, the EFCC counsel was not present.
Onubuogo’s lawyers A. Dada and T. S. Awhana said the defendant was very ill and asked for an adjournment to enable him get treatment.
The Judge noted that he adjourned several cases so that more time could be spent on the trial.
Justice Kuewumi adjourned until November 30 for trial.

Author: News Editor

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