No fewer than 20 women were on Wednesday left stranded at the Haven Event Centre, Ikeja GRA, Lagos after the inauguration of the programme “Nigerian Women Against Corruption’’, a project of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the office of Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
One of the affected women, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) under condition of anonymity, claimed that a certain woman who was given money meant for their transportation ran away with it.
“Can you imagine, we are here to fight against corruption, but somebody went away with our money?
“As soon as the woman collected the money, she left without giving us our shares,’’ she said.
According to her, they are supposed to give each person N1,000 with some of the m not having money to go home.
“When someone called the woman, she refused to pick her calls,’’ she said.
It was observed that the stranded women who were hungry, had to open the food packs they had planned to take home and began to eat, while others scrambled for the souvenirs.
The programme was rounded up at about 1.30p.m, but the women as at 3.30pm were still waiting whether someone would bring their share of the money.
The “Nigerian Women against Corruption’’, South West Project Rollout was inaugurated by the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu in collaboration with wives of state governors in the zone.
Many women drawn from politics, business and religious organisations among others attended the inauguration.
When the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, Mr Famous Cole, was contacted, he said they were yet to get a report on the incident.
According to him, the women ought to have reported the incident to the nearest police station.