The many battles of embattled Peace Corps National Commandant, Amb. Dickson Akoh may not be over yet as he has yet again been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over claimed fraudulent activities.
The group, Good Governance Agenda (Gombe State), has in a petition to the EFCC Chairman, called on the Agency to investigate a job scam amounting to the sum of 54 Million Naira involving the state Commandant of the corps, Ambore Enoch, who is under investigation by the Agency.
The group in a petition made available to our reporter, have averred that the crime was committed in connivance with Amb. Akoh, stated in their petition that the Peace Corps boss had taken of the 54 Million Naira, the sum of 18.7 Million as his share in the scam which had applicants applying for in existent job openings at the corps.
According to the petition signed by its president, Mr. Bitrus Auta, this same scam has been replicated nationwide with the National Commandant’s consent and active participation in the fraud.
“As already established by the diligent investigating carried out by professionals in the Commission, N18.7million of the amount taken from applicants was transferred to Peace Corps’ Headquarters in Abuja. It is therefore our firm belief that Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh has questions to answer in this regards. We have been in touch with our colleagues in other states and the same pattern of fraud was repeated with the state commandants making similar remittances to Dr. Akoh’s account”. The petition stated.
They have further alleged that the National Commandant is believed to be backed by certain National Assembly members whom he believes can stop any investigation into the matter.
“He complicated the crimes of extortion and obtaining funds through fraudulent presentation adding the crime of bribery to is as he has repeatedly bragged about how he has “sorted” members of the National Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate) who should have held public hearings to expose how unemployed youths were swindled with the promise of jobs with the Peace Corps of Nigeria. His position is that the lawmakers on his payroll can initiate motions to stop your Commission from successfully investigating and prosecuting him”. The petition stated.