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EFCC Arraigns Three ‘Ghost Workers’ For N9.7m Fraud

The suspects are Jennifer Ebenuwa, Esther Onukaogu, and Joshua Onukaogu.


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, arraigned three accused before a federal capital territory (FCT) high court on a 13-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

The suspects are Jennifer Ebenuwa, Esther Onukaogu, and Joshua Onukaogu.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said Onukaogu allegedly abused her office while being a staff member of Soft Alliance, consultants to the office of the auditor general of the federation on IPPIS between 2012 and 2013.

He said the suspect inputted her name and two of her siblings (Jennifer and Joshua) into the IPPIS database as staff of the federal ministry of education and the federal ministry of works for the purpose of receiving salaries from the federal government.

Uwujaren said Onukaogu and her co-defendants drew salaries as ghost workers from their “respective ministries” for three years to the tune of N9million before the law caught up with them.

He said the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and that they were each granted bail in the sum of N5 million and one surety each in like sum.

Uwujaren added that the defendants are to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

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