A civil society group, Equity and Transparency Development Initiative has asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate two staff of Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET).
In a statement by its national coordinator, Ijewa Zeb Obioma, the group accused Eugene Edeoga and Nnaemeka Ewelukwa of financial and official infraction.
The group wants ICPC to investigate and prosecute if necessary, the above-named officers of NBET, to serve as a deterrent to other public office holders
Mr. Edeoga and Mr. Ewelukwa are both management staff members of Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET).
Mr. Ewelukwa the General Manager, General Counsel, Legal, NBET, amongst other things, was accused of using his official position to secure a contract for a company he had substantial interest in and inconsistencies in the curriculum Vitae he submitted as his official CV
On the other hand, Mr. Edeoga, formerly head, procurement at NBET, but now deputy general counsel, legal, was accused of building a multi-million-naira duplex mansion at his Ward 3, Mgbuji Village in Eha-Amufu, Enugu State and another one at Enugu town which his earnings cannot afford.
When contacted the two embattled officers denied any involvement of any financial infractions in their organisation, accusing the petitioners of mischief.
Read the petition below:
Independent Corrupt Practices and
Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)
A PETITION AGAINST ONE DR NNAEMEKA EWELUKWA AND DR EUGENE EDEOGA OF NIGERIA BULK ELECTRICITY TRADING PLC (NBET) AND CALL TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THEM FOR FINANCIAL/OFFICIAL INFRACTIONS IN THE COURSE OF DISCHARGING THEIR DUTIES AT NBET
We are a registered non-governmental organization with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) geared towards fighting for equity, social justice and financial transparency both in the public and private sectors of the country, for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians.
As part of our cardinal objectives, we abhor official impunity and illegal self-enrichments to the detriment of country’s collective progress and enthronement of everlasting corrupt-free society,
Our belief and subsequent stand on the fight against corruption being spear-headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, as exemplified by the vigorous ways your agency has been on the fore-front to see that the president’s efforts to totally eliminate this ugly menace, is highly commendable and need all the necessary cooperation from the citizenry of which our NGO, has not relented in boldly identifying with this noble crusade.
It’s therefore on this premise that we want to bring to your notice the activities of two management staff members of Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading PLC otherwise known as NBET, whose stock in trade, according to information available to us, is manipulating records of the agency to perpetuate corruption, presenting and altering curriculum vitae (CV) to gain employment/promotions, favoritism, nepotism and using the proceeds of corruption to erect multi-million mansions; far ahead of official emoluments of one of them.
1- Dr NNAEMEKA EWELUKWA:
A- The allegations we have against Dr Ewelukwa, presently the General Manager, General Counsel, Legal, NBET, amongst other things is that he used his official position to secure a contract for a company which he has a substantial interest in; a consultancy services for a business plan for the establishment of a library for the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading PLC(NBET), with contract number NGP-SS-28NIGERIA ELECTRICITY AND GAS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (IDA CREDIT NO. 51280-UNI). But he used his mother-in-law name, one Prof. (Mrs.) Blessing Ahiauzu, for the execution of the contract, of which he was the major beneficiary. (Please see attached documents).
B- There are inconsistencies in the curriculum Vitae he submitted as his official CV at his current place of work, NBET. (Please see the attached CV).
C- A cursory look at the CV shows that Dr Ewelukwa claimed under his professional experience, that he is a CONSULTING PARTNER in Chancellor Chambers (Barristers, Solicitors, Arbitrators and Notary Public), located at Victoria Island, Lagos, from March 2011- date.
The implication of this shows that Dr Ewelukwa still keeps his job as a consulting partner in Chancellor Chambers. This is against public service rules in the country.
Again, it will be noticed that at same time he was a partner at Chancellor Chambers, Dr Ewelukwa claims to be a Teaching Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, January 2011 to July 2011.
Another discrepancy is where he claimed to be the Managing Director of African Legal Consulting Limited, London, from August 2010 to April 2011.This claim contradicts the dates he gave while working as a teacher at University of London, and equally contradicts his claim as a consulting partner in a Lagos-based Chambers.
Another glaring discrepancy is his claim that he was a Visiting Lecturer, International Trade Law/Globalization and Trade; Assistant Leader; Master of Laws programme at Middlesex University Business School, London, UK, from 2007 to 2011. Whereas in another place (page 3) in the CV, he claimed that he was an Associate Attorney and Consulting Senior Associate in Val Elosiuba and Co. (Legal Practitioners), Onitsha, Nigeria, from 1999 to 2010.
From the above submission from Dr Nnaemeka Ewelukwa, it is obvious that there are cases of inconsistencies and palpable manipulations on the dates he claimed to have attended some schools or held some job responsibilities, in various organizations and schools which he claimed to have attended; a CV he used to secure employment with NBET.
2- DR EUGENE EDEOGA:
The allegation we hold against Dr Eugene Edeoga, formerly Head, Procurement at NBET, but now Deputy General Counsel, Legal, is that he built a multi-million-naira duplex mansion at his Ward 3, Mgbuji Village in Eha-Amufu, Enugu State and another one at Enugu town(Please see attached pictures of the said mansion).
For a public servant, we hold the belief that Dr. Edeoga, couldn’t have saved enough money to have erected such magnificent buildings both at his village, and in Enugu town going by the fact that he is a salaried staff of NBET, whose annual salary put together cannot and will not take care of such multi-million naira buildings alleged by building professionals to might cost a whopping NI, 000, 000, 000 (One billion naira).
The furnishing of the two buildings is said to have all the trappings of modern electronic and decorative fittings, which were estimated to worth over N150, 000,000(One hundred and fifty million naira).
1- We hereby implore ICPC, to immediately commence a thorough investigation on all the allegations we raised against the two officers at NBET, whom, we suspect, have enriched themselves illegally, while one has used inconsistent suspicious academic information to gain employment and promotion.
2- To, having garnered enough investigation on the allegations raised, immediately commence prosecution of the above-named officers of NBET, to serve as a deterrent to other public office holders.
THEIR CONTACT ADDRESSES:
APART FROM THEIR OFFICE ADDRESS AT NBET, WE HEREBY FURNISH YOU WITH OTHER CONTACTS:
1- DR NNAEMEKA EWELUKWA: NO 63 NILE CRESCENT, SUN CITY ESTATE, ABUJA, 07062553097.
2- DR EUGENE EDEOGA: NO 10, GANI FAWEHINMI STREET, GWARINPA, ABUJA, 08036398423.
Thank you, sir
For EQUITY and TRANSPERENCY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
IJEWA ZEB OBIOMA