Buhari’s EFCC Makes Very Shocking Revelation

By Amako Nneji June 10, 2016 14:09

Buhari’s EFCC Makes Very Shocking Revelation

As the battle to recover alleged looted funds, takes centre stage in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is said to have recovered over N1 billion cash, illegally deployed in the 2015 election.

The cash allegedly came from some former ministers, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders and coordinators of some election observer groups, The Nation learnt on Thursday, June 9.

According to the Commission, the latest of such refunds, came from two former ministers, three INEC officials and a coordinator of election observers, who paid back N62,750,000 to the EFCC.

Besides, no fewer than 36 INEC officials have been implicated in the campaign cash fraud.

According to a source, who pleaded not to be named said: “In all the six geopolitical zones, most of those quizzed, have admitted benefiting in one way or the other from the cash.

“Our investigation revealed that there appears to be a pattern of allocating about N450 million to each of the 36 States and the FCT.

“Some of the beneficiaries have paid back; others made pledges, and some are still meeting in groups to refund what was allocated to them.

“So far, we have recovered over N1 billion in cash and more than N2 billion frozen in some accounts nationwide.

“We have given them deadline and they seem to be willing to pay back.”

The Nation, stumbled on a document in which some of the refunds are listed. They include: N359millon by some INEC staff in Oyo and Ogun states; a former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Joel Ikenya Danlami (N2 million); ex-Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly

Mark Bako Useni (N1 million); ex-Minister of Power, Wakil Muhammad (N6,7 million); ex-Minister of Science and Technology, Abdu Bulama (N5m); Muhammed Kadai (N1 million); the Coordinator of observers in Maiduguri, Jummai Lawan Ibrahim (N19 million); and a former INEC official, Bunu Mulina (N6 million).

Others are: INEC officials, including Mohammad Umar ( N17 million); Kabir Bello (N5 million); and Musa Buba Amshi (N4 million); Senator Kumo Saidu Umar and ex-PDP Chairman in Gombe State, Paloma Nuhu N4 million( N2 million each), which they claimed to be their personal benefits from the funds.

The latest of such refund (N62 million), came on Tuesday from Maiduguri zonal office.

The source said: “In continuation of the ongoing investigation of some INEC officials in Maiduguri, and two former ministers, the Advance Fee Fraud/Extractive Industries Unit, handling the investigation, was able to recover N62,750,000.

“Investigation is ongoing in the matter, as other people are expected to come for questioning. The serving INEC officials are detained in the EFCC office.”

There were indications that the number of serving INEC officials quizzed by the EFCC on the scandal, has risen to 36.