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EFCC Arrests Ebonyi Protocol Staff Over Alleged 17M Fraud


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFFC) has arrested one Miss Vivian Igwe, a staff of the Protocol Unit of the Ebonyi State Government House, Abakaliki, over alleged Seventeen Million naira (N17,000,000) fraudulent transactions.

She was arrested on Tuesday by officials from the Enugu zonal office of the commission in Abakaliki at the premises of the Ebonyi State Police Command.

The suspect who is about 25 years old was working as a typist at the Ebonyi Protocol Unit.

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She was earlier arrested on Monday by men of the Special Anti- Robbery Squared (SARS) from the Area Command Abakaliki, at the Ezza Road branch of Ecobank in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, when she went to make a withdrawal.

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The funds was said to had been transferred into her account by an unknown person about three weeks ago.

The Director of Protocol ,Ebonyi Government House, Mrs. Nnenna Enyinnaya Okorie,while reacting to the incident said the suspect had earlier complained of her inability to make withdrawals from her Ecobank account.

She said the suspect had gone to the bank to apply for reactivation of her ATM card .

She explained that the bank officials had asked her to wait while they sort out her problems.

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She said that it was while she was waiting for the problems to be sorted out that the police stormed the banking hall and arrested her.

She described the suspect as a very humble and honest staff and called for proper investigation of the incident.

“I am very surprised because this girl had asked me to permit her to go to her bank and ratify her account.

“She said that the most painful is the N1,500 sent to her by her sister which she said she had on several occasions tried to withdraw through her ATM card, but all to no avail.

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“And she told me that she had not been getting alerts too. And the last information I heard from her is that she is going for the reactivation of her ATM as directed by the bank only to be arrested on Monday.

“And today Tuesday she was handed over to men from EFCC who came from Enugu” she said.

When contacted,the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, said her office had not been properly briefed about the matter.

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