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
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
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
The sources disclosed that Mr. Mofe Damijo went underground on learning about the current development.
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.
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
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
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.
reporter for SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Mofe Damijo issued a
check to the tourism board in the name of its acting GM, Ms. Ajufo.
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.
Culled from SaharaReporters