EFCC arrests ex-Speaker, Patricia Etteh over 240 million Naira NDDC contract.
Written by News Room on May 18, 2022
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Patricia Etteh, over a shady contract worth 240 million Naira awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Reports say Etteh was at the Abuja office of the EFCC on Tuesday and had yet to be released as of 9pm.
The former speaker was said to have received 130 million Naira through her personal account from Phil Jin Project Limited, a firm which was awarded a 240 million Naira contract by the NDDC in 2011.
Officials of the EFCC told journalists that Etteh had been unable to explain why the firm transferred 130 million Naira to her out of the money.
According to the EFCC, Etteh is not a director in the company or a contractor, but the company paid her 130 million Naira, adding that she was invited to explain what the money was for, but that she has been unable to do so. It noted that its either the company is fronting for her or there are some shady deals.
Etteh, who represented the Ayedaade/Isokan/Irewole Constituency of Osun State from 1999 to 2011, was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives. She, however, resigned and was replaced by Dimeji Bankole.