The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stepped up its investigation against some prominent Nigerians alleged to be involved in an alleged $115 billion election campaign fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it is awaiting the conclusion of the corruption case the former minister of petroleum resources, Dieziani Alison-Madueke is facing in the United Kingdom (UK) before she would be extradited to answer for the alleged $115 billion election campaign scam for which many prominent Nigerians are being investigated.
Dieziani Alison-Madueke would be extradited to answer for the alleged $115 billion election campaign scam for which many prominent Nigerians are being investigated upon the completion of her trial in the UK, according to the EFCC.
But pending when the former minister would be extradited to face probe, the anti-graft agency has grilled those alleged to be involved in thethe purported scam.
Among those grilled by the agency include: former governors Liyel Imoke, Ibrahim Shekarau, Ramalan Yero, Achike Udenwa and Ibrahim Shema.
Others are former minister of foreign affairs, ambassador Bashir Aminu Wali and his minister of state II, Dr. Nurudeen Muhammad, Senator Chris Anyanwu and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Michael Ahamba.
Some officials of the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) and those of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have also been questioned in connection with the scandal which was allegedly carried out through Fidelity Bank.
Still in connection with the scam, the EFCC on Tuesday May 17, arrested some officials of the Bauchi state PDP who were alleged to have collected N500 million out of the money.
Speaking on the arrest, an EFCC told the Guardian that: “The suspects, in their statements, said the N500 million cash was distributed in the Ramat Hall of Bauchi State Government House. The former secretary to the government and the secretary of PDP admitted collecting N20 million each and the former personal assistant collected N15 million. However, they have individually pledged to refund the amount each had collected from the fund.”
The Bauchi suspects grilled by the EFCC in connection with the alleged fraud include a former secretary to Bauchi state government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim, former personal assistant to ex-governor Isa Yuguda, Alhaji Sanusi Mohammed Isa and the secretary of the state chapter of the PDP, Alhaji Salisu Garba.
Meanwhile, five days after meeting an administrative bail condition granted to him, the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode is still under detention, his special assistant on media, Jude Ndukwe has said.