The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, has reportedly
arrested Governor of Cross River
State, Ben Ayade's brother, Francis
Ayade in connection with a N2.4bn
alleged contract fraud.
Mr. Francis Ayade is the Managing
Director of Leophina Nigeria Limited
and Hally Brown International
According to National Mirror,
impeccable sources from the anti-
graft body, told their correspondent
in Abuja that the young Ayade was
picked up in Port Harcourt, Rivers
State on Tuesday by operatives of the commission investigating the
According to sources, the suspect is
being quizzed over his involvement
in the alleged shady deals relating to the diversion of public funds into his companies’ accounts.
“Four different allocations from the Federation Accounts were alleged to have been diverted into Hally Brown International Limited’s
account owned by him,” one of the sources said.
Investigations by a team of the
commission’s operatives assigned to the case revealed that Hally Brown International Limited was awarded a road construction contract of about N2.4bn in 2011.
In order for the firm to execute the
contract, Ayade was said to have
allegedly taken a loan of N350m
from First Bank Plc. on behalf of
Cross River Rural Access and Mobility Project.
The loan was, however, allegedly diverted. Apart from that, the suspect is also said to have been fingered in alleged suspicious transaction involving Obudu Micro Finance Bank, among other allegations. He has been offered administrative bail but still in the custody of the EFCC until he fulfills the bail conditions.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren,
confirmed the arrest and detention
of the governor’s brother.
He also confirmed the status of the
bail conditions, but could not tell
whether the suspect had perfected his bail conditions.
“All I can confirm to you is that the suspect was arrested by operatives of the EFCC in Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State.
“I am aware he has been granted administrative bail, but I am not sure if he has been able to meet the bail conditions as at Wednesday
evening,” he said.