Alleged N600m Arms Scam: EFCC Arrests AVM Atawodi

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Updated December 3, 2015

EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested the former Chairman, Presidential Implementation Committee on Marine Safety.

Air Vice Marshal Salihu Atawodi (Rtd) was arrested over what a source at the Commission described as a case of conspiracy, abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds.

He allegedly abused his position as Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Marine Safety to defraud the Nigerian Government to the tune of over 600 million Naira through a dubious contract to procure military boats.

He was accused of awarding the contract to one Alhaji Rabiu’s Hypertech Nigeria Limited. The contractor was fully paid but the boats were never supplied.

The source further disclosed that the contract award process violated the Procurement Act.

AVM Atawodi, who has been on the radar of the anti- graft agency since 2013, was quizzed for several hours on Wednesday, December 2015, after he responded to the invitation extended to him.

He arrived the headquarters of the Commission at about 11am.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren confirmed Atawodi’s presence at the Commission, adding that he was assisting the investigation.