… Arrests 27 suspected oil thieves in Rivers***
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in collaboration with stakeholders in the Pension industry, is to hold a two-day sensitization workshop on, “Eradication of pension fraud in Nigeria”, from Oct.5 to Oct. 6, in Abuja.
The Commission’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, who announced this in a statement made available to the newsmen, on Tuesday, in Ilorin, added that the event had been scheduled for the NAF Conference centre, Abuja.
He said that the workshop aimed to serve as a platform for sensitization and practical exchange of information, on how to eradicate pension fraud in the country.
Uwajaren quoted the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, as saying that the workshop would help highlight the areas of corrupt practices in pension administration and collectively develop strategies to curb the menace, which is threatening the country’s pensions industry.
The spokesman said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, anti-corruption agencies, Legislators and the National Pension Commission (PenCom) were expected to grace the occasion.
Other participants expected at the workshop include; officials from the Military Pensions Board; Police Pensions Board; Pension and the Records Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
Also, expected are: the Federal Ministry of Finance; Budget Office; National Union of Pensioners (NUP); Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, (PTAD); Retirement Benefit Advisors; Pension Fund Administrators and Civil Society Organisations.
In a related development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 27 suspected illegal oil in Port Harcourt.
EFCC’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested during a raid on their hideout in Ahoada.
“The 27 individuals were arrested on Sept. 10 at Ahoada Local Government Area, Rivers, in connection with suspicious illegal oil bunkering.
“They were arrested in a random raid by EFCC operatives acting on verified intelligence on the suspects’ alleged oil bunkering activities,’’ he said.
Uwujaren said that the operatives seized large quantities of petroleum products suspected to be adulterated diesel during the raid.
“Also intercepted were 20 jerry cans as well as 25 litres of petroleum product that was stored in drums and tanks.
“The petroleum products were about to be transported to various locations before the seizure,” he added.