Nigeria: Ex chief of National Broadcasting Commission Pleads not Guilty to US$ 9.4 million Fraud Charges

The former head of Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission and three other suspects pleaded not guilty to a NGN 2.8 billion (US$ 9.4 million) fraud charge, the country’s top anti-graft agency said Tuesday.

Emeka Mba EFCCEmeka Mba (Photo: Mba, NBC’s former Director-General, Patrick Areh, NBC’s former director of finance and two businessmen, Basil Udotai and Babatunji Amure, were arraigned on 15 counts of money laundering and procurement fraud, brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The two former NBC officials allegedly transferred millions of dollars into bank accounts of companies owned by the two businessmen. That money was then wired back to the two officials, local media reported.

Mba is also accused of using his position to improperly award 13 contracts worth an estimated NGN 1.2 billion (US$ 3.9 million) for set boxes during NBC’s switch from analog to digital.

The trial is set to begin on February 28.