The EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office on Monday, May 14, 2018 arraigned the duo of Dr. Peter Kolawole Ojedele and Ali Ahmadu, former Director General and Bursar of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) respectively, before Justice Abdul Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State on 9-count charge bordering on forgery, obtaining money under false pretence and offences contrary to Section 16 (1) (b) and punishable under Section 58 (5) (a) of the Public Procurement Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
The duo, Dr. Peter (62) and Ali (61) journey to the dock followed a petition alleging that the duo whilst acting in their capacity as public officers; Director General and Bursar of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) respectively, received in excess the sum of Two Hundred and Eight Million Naira from the Federal Government as Personnel Funds in 2011 and 2012 but never remitted the excess fund into Government Treasury.
It was also alleged that the defendants claimed to have liaison offices in most states of the Federation whereas none is functional while some have no traceable address yet he allegedly claims funds for office rentage.
Investigations however revealed that the budgetary proposals for the Institute for the year 2011 and 2012 includes some fake names of staff added to the Institute and also unlawful increase in the grade levels and steps of the staff of the Institution. Also, the defendants inflated the price of the DVD duplicator they purchased for the institution.
When the charge was read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty.
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