A former accountant of the Nigerian Prisons Service has been indicted by the EFCC for awarding contracts to herself through her companies while in service.
The travails of the former Head, Capital Accounts Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Imaobong Akon Esu-Nte, seems not to be in a hurry to abate as she has been dragged yet again to the FCT High Court, Apo, Abuja, for awarding contracts to herself and stealing the sum of N83 million while she was in charge.
Esu-Nte who has been in and out of courts after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), busted her scam early last year, was once again charged before Justice Adegbola Adeniyi, with the prosecution witness telling the court how the accused awarded multi-million naira contracts to herself through companies owned by her.
The first prosecution witness, Sini Omar John, a Superintendent of Police with the EFCC, told the court that Esu-Nte, was found to be a civil servant on Grade Level 14 in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation before she was seconded to the Nigeria Prisons Service and put in charge of contract payments, among others.
He further disclosed that Esun-Nte incorporated five companies - Abasiaga Global Resources, Abasiono Nigeria Limited, Ememima Global Ventures Limited, ID Integrated Petroleum Product Limited and Darima Properties - between 2008 and 2011.
According to prosecution, the accused, in November 2011, awarded Abasiaga Global Resources Limited a contract to the tune of N14,000,000.
"She also awarded ID Integrated a contract worth N55 million and many more. After the investigation, the accused was invited and was showed the facts of the case.
She then explained her own side of the story. She admitted to all the facts thereafter and wrote a statement with the word of caution written on it."