Dr. Ngozi Olojeme, the Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2015 has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after the anti-graft body obtained a court order.
Olojeme, who served as the Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund from 2009 to 2015, was accused of diverting $48,485,127 from the NSITF.
The NSITF is a social insurance scheme designed to provide compensation to employees who suffer from occupational accidents or diseases in the line of duty. The organisation is funded by deducting 1 per cent from all government and private sector employees enrolled in the scheme.
PUNCH reports that Olojeme and some directors in the company allegedly diverted billions of naira including funds meant for the payment of allowances of its staff as well as compensation to contributors.
Trouble started for Olojeme shortly after her removal by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
The EFCC subsequently received a petition alleging that over N50bn from the Employee Compensation Scheme fund, paid by Ministries, Departments and Agencies and private companies as well as another N18bn, being the contribution of the Federal Government as take-off grant to the NSITF, was mismanaged and diverted into the personal accounts of Olojeme and Umar Abubakar, a former Managing Director of the NSITF.
The EFCC immediately set up a team of detectives to look into the allegations.
Operatives of the commission looked into the bank account of the NSITF and uncovered suspicious transactions and diversion of funds.
Some funds were said to have been traced to the accounts of some consultants and contractors, who were believed to be fronts for Olojeme and other directors in the NSITF.
It was learnt that several directors and contractors were invited to explain their own side of the story, many of whom have since returned funds to the EFCC.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Olojeme had been declared wanted.
He urged members of the public to offer information that could lead to her arrest.
“Yes, she has been declared wanted. Members of the public are advised to give us information that would lead to her arrest,” he said.
A close aide to Olojeme, confirmed that the suspect had remained incommunicado for several months.
The aide said, “I don’t know her whereabouts. However, she’s aware of what is going on.”