Alleged N1.3b fraud: EFCC freezes Oyo Assembly DFA account


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has frozen the bank account of the Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mrs B. O. Ogundipe.

Saga Gist gathered on Wednesday the account was frozen as part of its ongoing probe into the purchase of vehicles by the Assembly.

Our correspondent gathered that EFCC had earlier invited some officials of the State Assembly over money spent on the purchase of vehicles totalling N1.3b.

The development was sequel to a petition sent to EFCC by an Abuja-based lawyer.

The petitioner, Tosin Ojaomo alleged that some vehicles bought for members of the House were refurbished vehicles.

The petitioner had alleged that the purchased vehicles were allegedly refurbished and sold as new vehicles to members of the assembly.

Ojaomo alleged that the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, in connivance with top civil servants supplied refurbished cars instead of new ones to lawmakers.

Our correspondent, however, gathered on Wednesday that the anti-graft agency has placed a ban on the account of the DFA.

Sources said that EFCC placed a Post-No-Debit (PND) on the account of the DFA for initially failing to honour an invitation of the commission.

The placement of PND restricts the owner from withdrawing funds from the bank account.

It was gathered that the director is one of the officials of the Assembly that have been interrogated by EFCC.

However, all efforts to get a reaction from principal officers of the House of Assembly proved to be abortive.

Calls put through the mobile phone of the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Kazeem Olayanju were not answered.

Similarly, messages sent to Olayanju asking him for his reaction are yet to be responded to as of the time of filing this report on Wednesday.

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