EFCC Arrests Former Minister For Alleged N3.6Billion Bank Fraud

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Former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Charles Chukwuemeka Ugwuh, has been arrested for an alleged conspiracy and fraud to the tune of N3.6bn by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was arrested by the operatives from the Lagos Zonal Command of the commission.

Head Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Dele Oyewale in a statement on Monday, January 15, 2024, said Ugwuh was arrested alongside Chief Geoffrey Ekenma on January 11, 2024 at No.2, Musa Yar Adua way, New Owerri, Imo State.

According to Oyewale, their arrest was sequel to a petition to the Commission from a new generation bank on the alleged fraud perpetrated through a company, Ebony Agro Industries Ltd., linked to the ex-Minister.

According to the anti-graft agency, investigations revealed that Ugwuh and Ekenma, Managing Director, Ebony Agro Industries Ltd., allegedly obtained a loan facility from the bank for the purchase and production of polished rice.

However, the suspect, according to the petitioner, failed to meet up his obligations to the bank and all efforts to get him to repay the loan facility proved abortive.

The EFCC said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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