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Firm Sues Abia Gov’t Over Alleged ₦12bn Paris Club Refund Debt

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A private consultancy firm, Mauritz Walton Nig Limited, has dragged the government of Abia State to court over alleged breach of contract bordering on the Paris Club Refund.

This is coming on the heels of reports that some officials of the state government including a former Commissioner of Finance, Obinna Oriaku are currently undergoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over their alleged role in the Paris Club Refund scandal.

The Eastern Updates gathered that the anti-graft agency also invited for questioning, the present Abia State Accountant General, Kelechi Imeoria, Philip Nto, Oriaku’s predecessor in office among others.

According to an insider source, some of the officials were said to have been arrested late Thursday while more were brought in to the Enugu zonal of the commission for questioning on Friday.

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The action of the commission is sequel to a petition by a consultancy film – Mauritz Walton Nig Ltd – alleging that despite engaging it to reconcile the state debt profile with the federal government, the state government refused to pay after executing the job.

The consulting firm accused the government of the state of laundering the consultancy fee allegedly through Nigerian Governors’ Forum and paid some of the fees to a known front of Abia State government officials.

In the petition, Mauritz Walton had urged the anti-graft agency to investigate the Abia State government for laundering through spurious consultant.



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