Former Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, is currently being interrogated by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.
Mr Ekpendu is being questioned over allegations of involvement in a case of procurement fraud and diversion of public funds, according to an inside source.
The former Prisons boss, who arrived at the headquarters of the Commission at about 10 am Wednesday, willingly responded to an invitation by the anti-graft agency.
Although details of the case against Mr Ekpendu were sketchy as of the time of filing this report, sources said four companies belonging him were allegedly fingered in suspicious payments over contracts executed for the Correctional Service.
It is unclear when the contracts were executed and payments made. Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Act forbids the country’s public office holders from running private businesses while in office.
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Mr Ekpendu was invited and was being interrogated by operatives. He, however, declined further comments when pressed for details of the allegations against the retired official.