Sources at the EFCC told Premium Times that Francis Ayade was arrested yesterday in connection with the scam.
Mr. Ayade, managing director of Leophina Nigeria Limited and Hally Brown International Limited, was fingered in alleged shady deals involving diversion of public funds into his companies’ accounts.
“Specifically, four different allocations from the Federation Accounts were alleged to have been diverted into Hally Brown International Limited’s account owned by him,” an official told Premium Times.
Investigations by EFCC operatives showed that Hally Brown International Limited was awarded a road construction contract to the tune of N2.4b in 2011.
To finance the contract, Mr. Ayade allegedly took a loan of N350,000,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only) from First Bank Plc, on behalf of Cross Rivers Rural Access and Mobility Project.
The loan, was however, unused for the contract, but transferred into the Mobility Project.
Mr. Ayade has also been implicated in alleged suspicious transactions involving Obudu Micro Finance Bank, among other allegations.
He has been offered administrative bail but still in the custody of the EFCC until he fulfills the bail conditions.