Director General, National Center for Women Development (NCWD) Onyeka Onwenu is in trouble over a N17 million alleged fraud traced to her Personal Assistant, Chika Abazu, currently being investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Emerging reports from the Headquarters of ICPC are indicating that the popular Nigerian songstress had been heavily implicated on the scam in a statement written by Abazu who is also the Deputy Director of NCWD.
The ICPC had arraigned Abazu for demanding and collecting the sum of N17 million kickbacks from a contractor, Joseph Nwakama who was hired to carry out renovation works at the NCWD Guest House Abuja.
Chika, under interrogation had claimed that he took the bribe from the contractor on strict instruction from Onyeka, her principal.
Onyeka, popularly referred to as ‘elegant stallion’ in the Nigerian music circles had also been interrogated but operatives of ICPC are yet to conclude their interrogation.
Findings revealed that she was not able to substantially clear herself of the allegations leveled against her by Abazu on the bribery scandal.
Newspot Nigeria learnt that Onyeka now faces prosecution by the ICPC on the scandal amid reports that the anti-graft agency is already in possession of sufficient evidence to charge her to court.
The investigating unit of ICPC was said to have invited Onyeka several times to answer queries on her alleged implication in the scandal, but most of the times she had been giving excuses that she was on an assignment from the former First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan.
Onyeka Onwenu, according to reports, was alleged to have requested for the ‘kickbacks’, using Abazu as a link for soliciting monies from the contractor on excuse that the former First Lady must equally be bribed.
However, Abazu upon arraignment before Justice Chukwu Ndukwe of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court on a six count charge of bribery and gratification had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He is also being kept in custody at the Federal Prisons, Kuje on the order order of the court.
Reports said the ICPC Lawyers Shehu Yahya and Ibrahim Garba argued that the accused be remanded in order to prevent him from having contacts with those still being investigated in the NCWD and also not to jeopardise the ongoing investigations by the ICPC.
Abazu was also alleged to have made attempt to bribe operatives of the anti graft agency with the sum off N200, 000 which he was made to pay into the ICPC account, as the officers played along.
Justice Ndukwe who is presiding over the case had adjourned sitting for subsequent hearings to September 28, 2015 on accelerated hearings.