Ali Ahmadu, the former Director General of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, NIEPA, and the institution’s bursar Dr. Peter Kolawole Ojedele, have been arraigned before Justice Abdul Dogo of the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State. The two are facing a nine-count charge bordering on forgery, obtaining money under false pretence against the defendants. They were said to have breached Section 16 of the Public Procurement Act.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ahmadu and Ojedele between 2011 and 2012 allegedly inflated the institution’s budget by additional Two Hundred and Eight Million Naira. They didn’t return the money to government coffers, rather said it was spent on renting offices spaces meant to as liaison offices across the country. The EFCC also said the defendants allegedly inflated the price of the DVD duplicator they purchased for the institution. The defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. The defendants are being remanded in EFCC custody. The bail hearing for the defendants will take place on May 18, 2018 – the adjourned date while their trial begins June 25th, 26th.