EFCC Arrests 3 Airports Authority Staff For N100m Fraud Using 8 Accounts (Pic)


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The EFCC, on August 2, 2016 arrested
a level six officer of the Accounts
Department of the Federal Airports
Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Christy
Olabode, for an alleged fraud to the
tune of N100 million. Also arrested was her younger brother, Abdul-
Shehu Obaze, a staff at the Commercial
Department of FAAN in Ilorin, Kwara
State, and Dominic Ojo, an IT officer at
FAAN Headquarters, Lagos. Her arrest
followed an anonymous petition, which indicated that she allegedly
diverted the said sum, by inserting
names of non-FAAN staff into its
payroll. She allegedly conspired with
Obaze, to perpetrate the fraud.
Obaze was found to have maintained not less than eight accounts in seven
new generation banks, which were
used to receive the funds for onward
distribution to “several high ranking
officers within the FAAN”. The funds
were being paid into his various bank accounts with the narrative, “Furniture
Allowance”. However, while allowance
for FAAN's furniture is usually paid
once in three years, Obaze received
the “allowance” several times within a
year. Investigations carried out by the EFCC
revealed that the fraud had gone on
since 2013. It unearthed a payroll with
names of many dead, retired and
disengaged staff of FAAN listed
against Obaze's different bank accounts. Upon interrogation, Obaze, a
level nine officer, confessed that other
FAAN officials were involved in the
massive fraud, including Olabode's
husband who works in the Human
Resources department of FAAN. Olabode and Ojo currently enjoy
administrative bail, while Obaze
remains in EFCC custody. They would
be charged to court as soon as
investigations are concluded.

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