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Published On: Mon, Dec 3rd, 2012

DESOPADEC Fraud: EFCC Moves Closer to Delta Lawmaker, Talib Tebitie

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Delta State Lawmaker representing Ughelli South Constituency, Chief Talib Tebite

Palpable fear has gripped members of the Delta State House of Assembly as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beamed its searchlight on failed and abandoned projects of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) most of which were awarded to the lawmakers.
LegisReports has reliably learnt that the EFCC’s investigations into failed and abandoned contracts awarded by an interventionist agency set up to better the lot of oil producing areas of Delta State revealed sordid scams running into billions of naira traced to some lawmakers of the House of Assembly.

Impeccable sources informed LegisReports that the anti-graft agency has therefore moved to tighten the noose around the lawmakers fingered in the scams by widening it’s investigations into their financial dealings in a bid to unravel how they misappropriated and embezzled the funds preparatory to prosecution.
It was further revealed in particular that Mr. Taleb Tebite, the member representing Ughelli South constituency in the House who had failed to win a return ticket during the 2011 general election but was eventually given the seat by judicial decision has been under severe fire from operatives of the EFCC who have spread dragnets into his dealings including bank transactions and business interests.
The member who is allegedly heavily indebted to banks and individuals due to the bogus lifestyle he leads, is now running from pillar to post seeking help from powerful quarters that can call off the EFCC attack dogs probing his contract scam. The contracts involving Mr. Tebite, some of which he has been fully paid, is said to run into hundreds of millions of naira and covers areas like construction and building.
Sources from the anti-graft commission informed LegisReports anonymously that the investigations into the DESOPADEC contract scams will be carried to the letter and anyone including members of the House of Assembly found culpable will be brought to face the law as the Ibrahim Lamorde-led agency is poised to create an impression that it is not a lame-duck creation that cannot check corruption in the public sector.
Culled from legisreport

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