The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has gone after the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and a former federal lawmaker, Ndudi Elumelu for collecting bribe from Diezani.
Immediate past Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has started investigating the roles of the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, and a former federal lawmaker, Ndudi Elumelu, for receiving a part in the $115m (N23bn) disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Also, a former Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Chief David Edevbie; and a former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Chief Edwin Uzor, have been grilled for their alleged roles in the scam.
The agency revealed that N450m was withdrawn from the Nnebisi branch of Fidelity Bank in Delta State and handed over to Uduaghan.
The EFCC now wants to know why he collected the money.
“During interrogation at the Port Harcourt office of the EFCC, we were told that the money was N450m and it was received through the Nnebisi branch of Fidelity Bank, Delta State, and handed over to Uduaghan for disbursement to the local governments during the 2015 general elections.
“The next step will be to quiz Uduaghan so that he can explain his own side of the story. They will be in court as soon as investigations are completed.” an EFCC source revealed
It has been revealed by the EFCC that Diezani allegedly deposited $115m into Fidelity Bank through four companies which she shared to some members of the party. She allegedly used part of the money to bribe officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
She was alleged to have also given $26m cash to the Managing Director of the bank, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, before the presidential election in 2015.
Many have now been arrested by the EFCC for their alleged involvement in the bribe. Some former governors, including ex-governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State and ex-governor Ibrahim Shekerau of Kano State have also been quizzed.