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Goodluck Jonathan EFCC arrests ex-president’s cousin over $40M contract fraud

The suspect, Azibaola Robert, who is the Managing Director of Katakar Civil Engineering Company, was arrested along with one Dakoru Atukpa for the alleged fraud.

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(Telegraph UK)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly arrested a cousin to former President, Goodluck Jonathan in connection with a $40 million contract scam.

The suspect, Azibaola Robert, who is the Managing Director of Katakar Civil Engineering Company, was arrested along with one Dakoru Atukpa for the alleged fraud.

The arrest was confirmed to Sahara Reporters by EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren who also denied the suspect’s claims that he was being witch-hunted due to his connection with Jonathan.

“This is not a witch-hunt. He (Robert) is not Jonathan’s only cousin. The truth of the matter is that they are being held for a $40m contract he received from the ONSA. The mandate for the payment read, ‘Purchase of Tactical Equipment for Special Forces’,” Uwujaren said.

“Two days after their arrest, they were offered bail. The condition was that the sureties must be on the level of civil service directors and a N250m bank guarantee. They must also have landed properties in Abuja and provide tax evidence of two years. But they could not meet up.

“So, the EFCC went to court for a remand order. They are being held pending the conclusion of investigation," he added.

The suspects however denied the allegations and insisted, through their lawyer, Gordy Uche (SAN), that the real target of the investigation was Jonathan.

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