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Published On: Thu, Jul 27th, 2017

VON Management Challenges Blogger On Evidence Of Alleged Fraud


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The Voice of Nigeria (VON) authority has challenged a blogger, Simon Ateba, to provide evidence of fraud alleged to have taken place at the government media house as reported by his blog.

Simon Ateba, had published a report which alleged that the VON  Director General Osita Okechukwu, awarded contracts running into millions for the supply of generating set, furniture, ICT Center and for the completion of a new Corporate Headquarters of VON.

But in a statement signed on Thursday in Abuja by the Legal Adviser Andrew Para, challenged Mr. Simon Ateba, “to show evidence of high level fraud, money laundering, daylight theft and the act of paying for things that do not exist,” as alleged in the reports.

“The management of Voice of Nigeria (VON) on 26, August, 2017, was outraged when report reached us in the social media that we awarded contracts running into millions for the supply of generating set, furniture, ICT Center and for the completion of non-existing new Corporate Headquarters of VON and without any new office according to the report siphoned the money. This is far from the truth because of the following:

“Plot 1386 Oda Crescent contrary to the report is one of the fruits of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war, which Mr President in principle graciously referred Voice of Nigeria,  to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)  for allocation. The occupation is being delayed by legal niceties of final forfeiture. This could be easily confirmed by the EFCC.

“The Generating Set, Furniture are warehoused at our Transmission Office at Lugbe and the ICT DATA CENTER is currently warehoused at Radio House, Area 11, Garki.

“In conclusion we challenge Mr Simon Ateba to show evidence of high level fraud, money laundering, daylight theft and the act of paying for things that do not exist.”

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