Veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo has been in the news making headlines again and it is not because of his appearance in a high profile soap opera or movie, but for alleged embezzlement.
His integrity as the delta state commissioner for culture and tourism is seriously being questioned as he has been accused of looting N50 million belonging to the ministry.
RMD is accused of conniving with the general manager of Delta
State’s Tourism Board, Miss Philo Nkem Ajufo while he attempted to keep the account’s treasury open until thinking of holding back an amount of money that has been available since the ‘Delta Expo 2007’.
There is no proof but there was a chain of irregular activities
under subsequent administrations. However, reports said that the
state government could not approve the said amount that same
year for some reasons and that the said funds were eventually approved and released to the ministry of tourism under the leadership of Damijo in May, 2012.
‘As soon as the money arrived, the commissioner said that the
ministry could no longer hold the event since six years had
elapsed’, a source said.
‘The honourable commissioners also argued that Deltans would
have forgotten about the event and therefore the money should
not be used for the purpose it was released’, the source added.
Some documents obtained by newsmen from the Delta State ministry of finance reportedly showed that the N50 million must be spent on the event for which the culture ministry applied for it.
The warrant, which was signed by one P.O. Evuojapha on behalf of the commissioner of finance, indicates that N35 million of the funds was meant for the tourism board.
Insiders however said that Damijo allegedly conspired to issue a cheque of N35m in the name of the general manager of the state’s
tourism board, Ms. Ajufo who allegedly deposited the sum into her
FirstBank private account number 3006131619.
‘Mrs. Ajufo and RMD then shared the money’, our source alleged;
insisting Ms. Ajufo allegedly used her share of the looted funds to
start off a twin duplex building located at No.6 Dunkwu Crescent,
Asaba in June, 2012.
The twin complex we gathered is behind Junior Staff quarters and opposite one of the branches of Redeemed Christian Church, RCCG in the state.
The source further disclosed that tourism board’s members had denied receiving any of the embezzled funds.
‘She accused Mr. Mofe Damijo of carting away the whole sum of N50 million even when her account was used to commit the fraud’.
The actor-turned-politician denies all the allegations leveled
against him and maintains he’s a silent mouth throughout the whole drama.
In July 2012, the actor barked at popular blogger, Linda Ikeji when she reported he had acquired a home reportedly worth about N250m in Asaba, Delta State.