Multi-Billion Naira Amnesty Contract Scam: EFCC to Rearrest Miebi Bribena.
Mr. Miebi Bribena, an all Progressives Congress Stalwart, who has been under the investigations of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged contract scam at the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, running to billions of naira, may face rearrest by the commission following the elapse of the 30-days ultimatum given to contractors by the Presidency.
Our source at the EFCC reveals that the details of Mr. Miebi Bribena was among the list of 103 high-profiled cases released to the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, at the brink period of August 2017.
Mr. Bribena was earlier arrested November 14, 2015 alongside seven other consultants and contractors of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. They are, Kanmi Adediran, Tumo Yetunde. Collins Omokhojie, Oluboye Adedokun, Ugala Jaachinma, Olukoya Olusegun Godwin, and Olukayode Raimi.
Mr. Bribena was arrested over issues of contract scams running into billions of naira, as his companies and others were alleged to have underperformed after collecting heavy mobilization fees from the Amnesty office. It was reported that in some of the cases, almost 95 percent of the contract value was paid to him, yet the structures on ground are a far cry from the amount he collected.
Mr. Bribena's re-arrest may also be linked to connections with Kingsley KuKu, former head of the Presidential Amnesty Office who has been out of the country since news of the investigation leaked in the media, ostensibly on medical grounds.
Meanwhile the reasons gathered for his re-arrest, was specifically directed by the Vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in his statements to contractors where a 30-days ultimatum was given for them to return to site.
Findings therefore, shows that, despite the directives of the federal Government aimed to accelerate the implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s new vision for the development of the Niger Delta, Mr. Bribena, after already collecting mobilisation fee of about 95%, has refused to heed.
The EFCC therefore attached the list of all contractors who had not returned to site within the stipulated period to the Ministry of Justice for investigation and prosecution.
Others on the list, it was learnt, include top-ranking judicial officers, including a justice of the Supreme Court, a judge of the Federal High Court, and a sacked justice of the Court of Appeal.
Also on the list are some former governors, one of whom is currently serving as minister in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, and others serving their terms in the Senate.
Other politically- exposed persons named in the Presidential Amnesty Programme contracts scam, some former ministers, senators and some persons being investigated for the $ 2 .1 billion arms purchase scam.
Mr. Bribena was a stalwart of the People's Democratic Party in Bayelsa, where he decamped on August 15, 2015, after the defeat of former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to the ruling APC, alongside other big wigs, possibly to seek asylum in the APC led administration.