NBET MD, Marilyn Amobi  Source: NBET website

The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) is set to prosecute the Managing Director, Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Limited (NBET), Marilyn Amobi, and others for violation of the procurement act.

The commission said Amobi, like other indicted persons, violated the country’s procurement Act, 2007 and ICPC Act, 2000.

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The decision to prosecute the ‘indicted’ persons was contained in a report sent by ICPC to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in March.

The Deputy Chief of Staff was copied in the letter signed by the ICPC Chairman, Bolaji Owosanye.

Allegations of infractions against Amobi and the management team of NBET was published by Leaks NG, a coalition of Nigerian newsrooms and civil society groups in February.

In the letter to the vice president, ICPC noted that Amobi was found guilty in at least five of the many allegations levelled against her.

The commission relied on a petition it received for the investigation.

Allegations made in the petition include; disregard for procurement laws, illegal funding of foreign trip for federal lawmakers, six years payment for office furniture for a four-year tenure and side-lining of due process in the purchase of Amobi’s vehicles.

Other allegations include that Amobi funded NBET’s expenditure without appropriation from the National Assembly, authorised withdrawals from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to fund unnecessary training, sanctioned transfer of staff illegally and stopped payment of salaries to two management staff.

The commission cleared Amobi of wrongdoings in the purchase of vehicles, expenditure on new office space, training of staff and posting of staff from Office of Accountant-General of the Federation.

On illegal payment to DISCOs, the commission’s report noted that “all the 11 Distributions Companies (DISCOS) have unpaid invoices because of certain like unprofitable tariff, non-metering and subsisting court order.”

However, ICPC maintained that the MD faltered in areas of procurement and fund approvals.

The report also indicated two management staff of NBET, Waziri Bintube and Abdullahi Sambo, were ‘wrongfully dismissed.’

ICPC said the matter (dismissal) has been referred to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The two are believed to have been victimised by Amobi for whistle-blowing fraudulent activities in NBET.

They were vindicated by the commission.

“However, the contract award red-flagged by Sambo Abdullahi to two different law firms within the same lot was in violation of procurement process,” a part of the report reads.