Diezani’s N24b Payout: EFCC grills Anyanwu, Ahamba

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has quizzed two leading politicians in connection with the $115 million cash allegedly disbursed by Fidelity Bank on the instruction of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Competent sources in the commission confirmed to Vanguard, last night, that the duo of Senator Chris Anyanwu and a legal luminary, Mike Ahamba, were quizzed for many hours, yesterday, to explain what they did with the N700 million they allegedly received out of the Diezani cash.

The two PDP leaders were reportedly invited to the Enugu Office of the EFCC on Wednesday and questioned by the operatives on the said fund but granted administrative bail and asked to report back the following day for further investigation.

A top source in the commission said that the two politicians, who were working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the time, received the N700 million from the Ikenegbu Layout branch of Fidelity Bank, Owerri.

“What we want them to explain to us is simple: Who authorised them to collect the huge sum of money and for what purpose did they receive the money?

“We believe that the money the two politicians received was from the former minister’s cash and meant to compromise the last general election in favour of a particular party. If they have any different position, they should tell us,” the official said.

The EFCC had, last week, arrested the bank chief executive who is now relieved of his post, for not reporting the receipt of the huge cash of $115 million from four oil companies and Diezani, to the commission as required by law.

But the bank has denied the claim, saying that the amount was duly reported to the Nigerian Financial and Intelligence Unit, NFIU. Diezani is said to have summoned the bank chief to her Abuja home and told him to prepare to receive foreign currency running into billions of Naira from four companies and to convert same to Naira and pay them to designated beneficiaries on her behalf.

A day after the instruction from her, four companies stormed the bank with various amounts of cash in dollars and were promptly received by the former bank CEO.

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