According to reliable sources at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the anti-graft agency yesterday Tuesday 23rd August arrested the brother to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State over alleged N2.4billion contract scam.
Mr. Ayade, who is the managing director of Leophina Nigeria Limited and Hally Brown International Limited, was fingered in alleged shady deals involving diversion of public funds into his companies’ accounts. “Specifically, four different allocations from the Federation Accounts were alleged to have been diverted into Hally Brown International Limited’s account owned by him.” Investigations by EFCC operatives showed that Hally Brown International Limited was awarded a road construction contract to the tune of N2.4billion in 2011. To finance the contract, Mr. Ayade allegedly took a loan of N350,000,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only) from First Bank Plc, on behalf of Cross Rivers Rural Access and Mobility Project. The loan, was however, unused for the contract, but transferred into the Mobility Project. Mr. Ayade has also been implicated in alleged suspicious transactions involving Obudu Micro Finance Bank, among other allegations.