The Independent Corrupt
Practices and Other Related
Offences Commission (ICPC), has
declared a staff of the Federal
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Mr. Joseph Tony
Ogah, wanted for defrauding the
Federal Government of N36.2
million
Ogah, an indigene of Idah, Kogi
State, was part of a crime
syndicate that defrauded the
Federal Ministry of Environment.

Preliminary findings by ICPC
revealed that the syndicate used
a company called Soft Alliance
Disco, Limited to pay huge salary
arrears totaling N36, 194, 636.00
to fictitious staff on the payment
platform of the Ministry of
Environment.

Ogah, 38 years old, allegedly, in
connivance with the others
perpetrated and benefited from
the fraud as N9.4 million was
paid into his account with the
United Bank for Africa (UBA). A
statement of accounts obtained
from UBA revealed that the
money was drawn from the
Ministry of Environment and paid
into the account (1006521816)
belonging to Ogah.

The Commission, upon the
findings requested Mr. Ogah to
appear before it and answer
questions regarding the transfer
of money from another Ministry
into his account, but he failed to
do so.

The Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry of Agriculture was
requested on several occasions
through letters to compel him to
appear before ICPC but
responses to the letters show
that Ogah has absconded from
his duty post for over three
months now.

The Ministry, in response to the
allegation and his failure to
report to work, has stopped the
payment of his salary and other
entitlements since July 2015.

Ogah is currently at large which
has prompted the Commission to
declare him wanted for fraud.

Dark-complexioned Ogah’s last
known address was Road 121,
House 24, Gwarinpa Housing
Estate, Abuja.

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