Sunday, 29 October 2017

Akwa Ibom commissioner Ime Ekpo dragged to ICPC over alleged N4bn fraud

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Lands and Town Planning, Arc. Ime Ekpo, has been dragged to the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for alleged N4 Billion fraud.
Architect Ekpo retired from government service in 2004 as a Director but was appointed as project manager for the execution of the N37 billion Government House Project by former Governor Godswill Akpabio.
The head of Otto Trinity Studios, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Arc. Ubokutom Nyah, instituted the petition on behalf of four other consultants that were engaged in the construction of now controversial Government House complex, phases I, II, III, Uyo where Architect Ekpo was said to have committed the fraud.
The petition dated August 24, 2017 which was made available to newsmen in Uyo yesterday tagged, “Petition against Architect Ime O. Ekpo for corrupt enrichment, abuse of office and fraudulent conversion of more than N4 billion consultancy fees during execution of Government House Complex, phase I, II and III in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State into private coffers”.
Architect Nyah in the petition addressed to the Chairman of the ICPC, Abuja pointed out that, in 2013 the immediate past state administration of Senator Godswill Akpabio awarded a contract for the construction of a new Government House at N37 billion.
The contract, he said was to be executed in three phases namely phase l, ll and lll respectively with four consultants namely Otto Trinity Studios (Architects), Amana Consortium (Structural/Project Manager), Eno Iwoketo and Associate (Mechanical), Dranibs Engineering Nigeria Ltd (Electrical) and Integrated Practice Consultants (Quality Surveyors) appointed for the project.