Ex-police pensions boss steals N24bn, buys 22 houses

Ex-police pensions boss steals N24bn, buys 22 houses


– Ex-director of Police Pensions Esai Dangabar has been accused of buying 22 houses from N24bn stolen from the pension funds

– EFCC investigator and witness at the court Mustapha Gadanya said the commission has traced how moneys were moved in accounts

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An witness has told a high court in Abuja that former director of Police Pensions Esai Dangabar moved N24bn into different accounts and bought 22 houses in the Federal Capital Territory alone.

The witness, Mustapha Gadanya, who was presented at the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the case against Dangabar, said investigations showed that N320m was deposited in Skye Bank between May 2008 and July 2009 for his companies, Marine Logistics and leisure Integrated Ltd.

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Gadanya is one of the investigators in the case against Dangabar, Atiku Kigo, Ahmed Wada, Veronica Onyegbula, Sani Zira, Uzoma Attang and Christian Madubuke that are standing trial for complicity in the over N24bn scam in the police pension office.

Punch quoted News Agency of Nigeria as reporting that that between February 2009 and June 2010, the manager of a bank in Jabi helped the Dangabar to launder about N840m.

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He also revealed that Dangarbar owns 16 duplexes at Wuyi District and six flats at Efab in Abuja. The properties he said had been forfeited temporarily to the Federal Government.

The judge, Justice Husseni Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the trial till Thursday (today) for continuation of hearing.

Meanwhile, the Acting director general/executive secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate Murtala M.O has cautioned pensioners on the activities of fraudsters who contact pensioners claiming to facilitate the payment of their pensions for a fee.

He made the remark while commenting about the gains of the First National Retreat on Pension Administration in Nigeria, organized by the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service in July, 2016.

Source : Naij.com