The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of alleged N3 billion contract scam.
The number one civil servant, Oyo-Ita, admitts that she introduced some people to some Permanent Secretaries for assistance, she mentioned that she did this “without realizing the implication.” Oyo-Ita also said she does not own proxy companies under any guise and has no many upscale assets in Abuja. she also made it known that she collected Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) without traveling, the indulgence was not a regular occurrence.
She also alleged that the EFCC had planned to arraign her on August 19 but she had to still be in the hospital due to her health.
Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita is pleading to be allowed to “retire honourably.”
Her plea came against the filling of witness forms by some Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Finance and Administration in order to testify against some contracts when the formal trial of some suspects begins.
Also discovered, by EFCC detectives is a Grade Level 12 Project Accountant, in whose account N600 million was found
Although, Oyo-Ita claimed the Accountant in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) was not her aide but he reports to a Director of Finance and Administration who also reports to a Permanent Secretary before the Head of Service comes into the picture.
The foregoing excerpts are contained in Oyo-Ita’s plea to those she is begging to intercede on her behalf before President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Please, please, please, have mercy on me. I am begging for mercy that this case against me should be stepped down and I should be allowed to retire honourably.
“I do not own proxy companies. Several people came to me to introduce them to Permanent Secretaries. I have been doing this without realising the implication.”
On DTA, two top shots who are mediating on her behalf said she confessed to have collected these estacodes without traveling only “a few times.”
One of the sources, a former bureaucrat, quoted her as saying: “Due to work pressure, I am not able to travel after collecting DTA or estacodes.”
The source added: “She wants soft-landing from the Presidency because some of the contracts under investigation predated her appointment as the Head of Service.
They were awarded between 2013 and 2014. “Her greatest fears border on alleged moves by the EFCC to put her on trial alongside a former minister. “She said there was an initial plan to arraign her in court on August 19 but for providence that she was in the hospital for medical treatment.”
A second source, who is one of the strong supporters of the President, said: “She evoked much emotion when she was begging for mercy. “Apart from reliving the past, especially PTF days with President Muhammadu Buhari, she said she has been ‘absolutely loyal’ to this administration.
“She also said the Project Accountant is not her aide at all despite the fact that he is a staff in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
“Her argument is that the Project Accountant with N600 million in his account reports to a Director of Finance and Administration who also reports to a Permanent Secretary before the Head of Service is in the picture.
“We have done our best to lay all the cards on the table before the powers that be. It is left for the President to determine her fate in the light of the
investigation report of the anti-graft commission and her defence.”
No record of her resignation, says Presidency
On the circumstances surrounding her resumption yesterday, there were rumours that the Presidency might have rejected her plans to either resign or retire. It was learnt that the Head of Service confided in the staff in her office that the Presidency directed her to go ahead with her work pending the conclusion of
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said last night: “We are not aware of any letter of resignation. There is no record of it in the registry. So, questions pertaining to it ought not to arise.”
A reliable source said: “So far, we have discovered that he is a GL 12 officer. He is answering questions on how he came about such a huge amount in his account.
“Officially, the amount allowed in any project account at any time is between N10 million and N15 million. The ongoing investigation might reveal the real purpose for keeping such a huge cash.
“We have various bends to the investigation and some Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Finance and Administration have filled the witness form to testify on some contracts when a formal trial of suspects begins.”