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EFCC arrests DG of NABDA over N23m scam

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested  a serving Director General of the National Biotechnology Development Agency,  NABDA, Lucy Ogbadu, for her alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy and diversion of public funds to the tune of N23million.

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Mrs Ogbadu, a professor, was arrested on Wednesday June 28 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following her alleged linkage with the Bayelsa State Director of Bioresources Development Centre, Josiah Habu, who is being investigated by the EFCC in a case of fraudulent diversion of the sum of N75million.

Investigations by the EFCC showed that Mrs Ogbadu allegedly received the sum of N23m through a bank account belonging to the wife of Mr Habu, Esther Habu and admitted same in a voluntary statement made to the EFCC.

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Further investigations have also shown that, Mrs Habu is one of the contractors with Bioresources Development Centre, Odi, Bayelsa State and a total sum of N603million has been traced to her in different deals involving over 20 directors of Bioresources Development Centres across the country.

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Mrs Ogbadu’s linkage with all these scams is being investigated.

She has been duly served with bail conditions while investigations continue.

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