Centenary City Scam: House Orders Prosecution Of Former SGF, Anyim

Former SGF, Pius Anyim
Former SGF, Pius Anyim

The House of Representatives has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to prosecute former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Pius  Anyim, for his role in the controversial multi-billion dollar Abuja Centenary City Project.

The resolution was made during Thursdays plenary on the floor of the House after the lawmakers had adopted the report of the House Committee on Federal Capital Territory, which investigated the issue.

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According to the lower legislative chambers, Anyim and other “promoters” of the so-called centenary city project should be prosecuted so that the public funds spent on the project could be recovered.

The centenary city initiative was approved by then President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern protectorates in 1900, to form Nigeria.

The ex-SGF, Anyim, who is also a former Senate President, was the anchorman of the project which was expected to gulp $18.376 billion.

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Public land acquired for the project reportedly covered 1,267 hectares.But the House committee, in its report on Thursday, said that the people who handled the project had abused the ex-President’s directives and flouted existing laws guiding the Abuja land swap policy to suit their personal and business interests.

Chairman of the committee, Herman Hembe, had presented the report before the House on March 8 but its recommendations were approved and adopted by the Committee of the Whole during plenary on Thursday.

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Listed among the protagonists of the controversial project alongside Anyim are: former Minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed; Boma Ozobia, and Paul Oki.

Ozobia and Oki are the sole directors of Centenary City Plc, a company which was registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, for the sole purpose of executing the project.