EFCC Quizzes Jonathan’s Campaign Boss Over Alleged $48m Diversion

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The Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee, of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Dr Ngozi Olojeme was on Thursday interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged diversion of $48 million from the account of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), where she was chairman throughout Jonathan’s administration.

Olojeme had reportedly gone underground after being declared wanted by the anti-graft body on the orders of a court but submitted herself to the body on Thursday.

According to The Nation, the $48 million is part of N62.3 billion allegedly misappropriated during the tenure of Olojeme between 2009 and 2015.

She is believed to have diverted $48, 485, 127 of the said sum.

“She allegedly used her account officer in First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) to collect the $48.4m from some NSITF contractors through a BDC (bureau de change) operator,” The Nation reported, quoting an unnamed source.

A former Managing Director of NSITF, Umar Munir Abubakar and four others are also being prosecuted by the EFCC for alleged diversion of N18billion.

The EFCC is also investigating if the funds allegedly diverted by Olojeme were used in the prosecution of President Jonathan’s re-election bid.

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