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Fraud Allegation Foreign Affairs Ministry denies using promotion exercises to defraud govt

He said contrary to the report,  the estacode allowances of all the officers who travelled to supervise the 2018 Promotion Examinations abroad were paid directly into their accounts.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly discovered a cartel in the foreign ministry that uses officers’ promotion to defraud the Federal Government. play

An EFCC officer during a raid

(Punch)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied reports of alleged fraud in the payment of estacode allowances of  officers who travelled  to supervise the 2018 Promotion Examinations for officers and diplomats abroad.

The Ministry spokesperson, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile said the report was false and misleading.

”The report of any fraud in the payment of estacode as it relates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is absolutely false and should be disregarded,” he said.

He said contrary to the report,  the estacode allowances of all the officers who travelled to supervise the 2018 Promotion  Examinations in the four centres abroad in Kenya, London, New York and New Delhi were paid directly into their accounts upon their return from the exercise.

”Besides, the payments were made in naira not in dollars as alleged. It is incorrect that over 100 officers of the ministry travelled to supervise the examination exercise.

Only 36 officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travelled for the supervision.

”Also,  it is only 59 officers that sat for the promotion examinations and not 129  officers as allegedly reported,” he said.

According to him, the conduct of promotion examinations for officers and Nigerian diplomats abroad is statutory and the Ministry is in charge of the supervision of officers on grade levels seven  to 14.

The Federal Civil Service Commission conducts and supervises examinations for all directorate level officers,” he insisted.

He said contrary to the report, the ministry followed all due processes in the payment of estacode to all officers involved and all the supervising officers travelled to the various centres to supervise the examinations, as approved.

According to him,  any report of fraud in the payment of estacode as it relates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, is absolutely false and should be disregarded.

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