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Ebonyi govt disowns woman nabbed by EFCC for alleged fraud

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By Nkechinyere Oginyi, Abakaliki

Ebonyi state government has disowned a 25-year-old woman, Miss Igwe Vivian, arrested last week by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, for her alleged involvement in N17 million fraud.

According to the government, the said Igwe Vivan was not known as a staff in the protocol unit of the government house, Abakaliki.

The Commissioner for Internal Security, Boarder Peace and Conflict Resolution, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, who spoke to journalists on the matter said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating the matter and if at the end the suspect is found guilty, she would go in for it.

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Emegha explained that the girl was not a civil servant or in anyway in the pay roll of the state government, but a mere messenger, who comes around to help staff of the protocol unit.

According to him, “The girl in question, who was allegedly involved in N17 million illegal transaction was not a staff of government house. She is a casual messenger to one of the offices, especially the former D.O.P. She is not in anyway a staff of any ministry. And we wouldn’t want to go into detail of how she came about the N17 million in her account. But all we know is that the security agencies are already on top of the matter.

“And we know that at the end of the EFCC investigation, they will come up with better information and knowledge of how the money entered into the girl’s account.

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“The truth remains that if she has hand in it, she will go in for it. The true position of the government is that she is not a staff of any ministry or the protocol of the government house,” he stated.

Vivian Igwe was arrested by the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) from the Ebonyi State Police Area Command at Abakaliki and later handed over to the officials of EFCC from the Enugu zonal office, who later whisked her away during the week.

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It was gathered that the girl had gone to the bank to know why she have not been receiving alert from her account. That when she got to the customer care unit of the bank she was asked to seat down and wait while her problem is solved but after waiting for a while, men of the SARS landed in the bank and took the girl to their office. Report says the said Vivian Igwe  was undergoing interrogation at the Enugu zonal office of the EFCC.

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