Nigeria: EFCC Probes Award of 10 Contracts in 24 Hours

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have begun investigation into how the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons allegedly awarded 10 contracts to companies in one day, Daily Trust gathered yesterday.

According to top EFCC sources, the agency is looking at documents alleging that the former House of Representatives chairman, Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jubrin, padded the 2014 budget with projects domiciled within the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and other agencies.

Copies of the letters of award of contracts made available to Daily Trust showed that on September 26, 2014, the Refugees Commission in one day awarded all the contracts to front companies allegedly provided by Jibrin.

He was copied in each of the 10 award letters signed by one Engr. Lawal A. Rasheed on behalf of the federal commissioner of the agency.

Sources said the contracts were awarded to the benefit of Kano State without naming the locations.

Those to receive items to be supplied in each contract were not named, so was also the constituency, the source said.

The EFCC investigators are also trying to establish Jibrin’s relationship to the projects.

They are also looking to unravel why the N418m contracts were given an execution period of just two weeks, the source added.

The companies which received the contracts on September 26, 2014 include Eleku Construction LTD, which was to supply Bricks/Block machines worth N49m, Sabiti NIG LTD to supply farming tools to Kano for N28m, and Sabiti NIG, to supply Kano a variety of nursery bred seedlings worth N30m. Global Legend Integrated LTD got a contract for the supply of golf cars to Kano State worth N48.7m, Eleku Construction LTD got another contract for the supply of maize and millet to Kano State worth N44m, Sabiti NIG was awarded another contract to supply Bajaj Tricycles to Kano State for N49m.

Global Legend International was also to supply Butterfly sewing machines to Kano State for N42m, Shafaha Enterprises LTD was to supply Welding Machines worth N36m. Eash Progressive Ventures LTD was contracted to supply fertilizer to Kano State for N42m and also to supply computers and accessories/printers to the state for N47.5m.

Source: Daily Trust.