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ICPC arrests Kogi manager of School Feeding Programme for N68million fraud

Governor Yahaya Bello

Khadijat Karibo, the Manager for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in Kogi State, has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for N68million fraud.

According to the ICPC, it received a petition alleging that Karibo siphoned money meant for the payments of cooks in the state.

Following the petition, the anti-graft commission further discovered that she instructed banks to place a lien on the accounts of 627 cooks from which over N40million out of the January 2019 payment was debited and credited into the accounts of 10 companies.

“A petition alleging that the erstwhile State Focal Person and the Programme Manager had connived and diverted large sums of money meant for payments to cooks in the national school feeding programme in Kogi State was received by the ICPC,” Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC Spokesperson, said.

 “The petition alleged that the duo had perpetrated unlawful and unethical deductions from the accounts of cooks by the use of letters purportedly signed by them conveying their consent that a blanket and unspecified amount be moved to 10 different business accounts from the cooks’ accounts for sundry aggregated commodity supplies.

 “The petition further alleged that the massive fraudulent actions were pulled off by the officials acting in concert with some banks in the state. Preliminary findings from the ICPC investigations indicate that for the programme to aggregate food items, the request must come from a state governor clearly stating the names and details of suppliers to the national coordinator of the NHGSFP for approval.”

“This approval was lacking in the case under investigation as Ibrahim only submitted a request in September 2018 but could not present evidence of approval, hence money was paid directly by the programme to the cooks’ accounts.”

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