N50m Fraud: RMD Reportedly On The Run From EFCC

N50m Fraud: RMD Reportedly On The Run From EFCC

According to what Saharareporters reported on its website, Philo Nkem Ajufo, the acting General Manager of Delta State Tourism Board, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja over her role in a financial scheme.

Ms. Ajufo is reportedly being quizzed for conniving with her boss, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) to embezzle N50 million from the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Mr. Mofe Damijo, a well known Nollywood star, is the commissioner in charge of the ministry. Our EFCC said the commissioner was also being sought by the anti-corruption agency, but he has been elusive.

An EFCC source confirmed Ms. Ajufo’s arrest. “As we talk, the Delta State Tourism GM, one Mrs. Nkem Ajufo, is been held in our headquarters here in Abuja over her involvement in the N50 million fraud. Her boss, Mr. Richard Mofe Damijo, is not left out but as we speak he is still avoiding us,” said the source.

Two sources at the ministry told our reporter that the EFCC last week delivered a letter inviting Ms. Ajufo to appear at their headquarters. She was reportedly asked to bring along relevant documents concerning the N50 million that was meant for the purported 2007 Delta Expo event which never held.

The sources disclosed that Mr. Mofe Damijo went underground on learning about the current development.

One source told our reporter that the commissioner, who is reported to be building himself a massive underground edifice in Lagos, was trying to use political contacts in Delta and Abuja to scuttle the EFCC’s investigation and washed his hands off the scam.

SaharaReporters learnt that Mr. Mofe Damijo denied knowledge of the money during the budget defense exercise.

Several calls and sms texts sent to Mr. Damijo and Ms. Ajufo’s mobile lines were not answered. After a while, the commissioner switched off his mobile phone.

Late last year, Saharareporters had broken the news of the N50 million allegedly embezzled by the commissioner and the acting GM of the state’s tourism board.

Several sources in the commissioner’s office had confided that a former commissioner in the Ministry had applied for the N50 million to organize the “Delta State Expo 2007,” disclosing that the state could not release the funds then due to some financial challenges.

However, when the funds were released into the Tourism account in May, 2012, Mr. Mofe Damijo allegedly said that the ministry could no longer carry out the event since it had elapsed by six years and Deltans would have forgotten about the event.

But our reporter obtained “Forms of Advance Warrant” on release of funds from the Ministry of Finance indicating that the N50 million was supposed to be spent on the original event for which it was approved. The warrant order, numbered 00000117, 00000114 and 00000115, was signed by one Ms. P.O. Evuojapha for the Commissioner of Finance.

SaharaReporters learnt that N35 million of the N50 million was supposed to have gone to the tourism board.

A reporter for SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Mofe Damijo issued a check to the tourism board in the name of its acting GM, Ms. Ajufo.

She in turn reportedly deposited the sum into her First Bank private account with account number (3006131619) operated under her name, Nkem Philo Ajufo. Our sources said she and Mr. Mofe Damijo subsequently shared the money.

Source: http://247nigerianewsupdate.com/n50m-fraud-rmd-reportedly-on-the-run-from-efcc/

Amount Paid
50000000 Naira
Date Paid
Office Location
Delta State Comisioner for tourism
Bribe Type
Government Ministry & Establishment

2 Responses to N50m Fraud: RMD Reportedly On The Run From EFCC

  1. Donna Thomas says:

    My name is Donna and i have been emailing the lagos,nigeria police dept. about a scam that is going on right now these people keep emailing me i have been scam out of a lot of money the people right now can be arrested if the police or FBI would answer my email they are emailing me from jtf.fundreleasehelpdesk@yahoo.co.uk the IP address he call his self the General chairman of the joint task force and then he has Mr.Omosuyi Gabriel head of international remittance department (IRD) tel-banking desk,united bank of africa (UBA) 234-803-341-3848 email ird.telbankingdesk@rocketmail.com IP address i check in both of these email are coming from Sunnyvale,Ca in the USA and they had me send money to lagos,Nigeria to Kendra Egobia now they won’t me to send money to Michael A.Nasca Chiefland,Florids-USA i have phone number that are landline where they claim he is a dipmat that is in NewYork if the FBI would only email me i could send all of the email to them and they could make a arrest i had the fake FBI their in Nigeria asking me to send money if you people realy arrested scammer you could clean up your country but your country is full of scammer and you all do noting to them! I have email differed pol;ice dept in nigeria and none of them has contact me at all. You have people in USA in Lagos,Nigeria that are working together to scam people out of there money and you all do nothing to them at all. These scammer has been emailing me since Nov.2012 and calling my cell phone and you have a Dr.Diamond Darden that say he is from Ghana and his IP adress is email dr.dmdarden@yahoo.com they all are working together and your country does nothing to arrested them your country is so corruption and so sorry they all need to go to prison for the rest of there life!!!!

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