The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has revealed how former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke got millions of dollars she used to bribe top INEC officials.
Former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) believes former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke got money she used to bribe top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission from stolen crude oil.
According to a report by The Nation, it is believed the proceeds of the stolen crude oil was what Diezani used to influence the top officials to manipulate the 2015 presidential election.
“Our operatives have discovered that the $115 million came from stolen crude oil. They got it from former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke,” a top EFCC official said yesterday.
The official pleaded not to be named because of what he described as the “sensitivity of the matter”.
He added: “We will uncover how they came about the stolen crude oil and those used to siphon the oil in order to deny the nation of revenue.”
As a result of the revelation, the EFCC has frozen all the accounts of top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and oil chiefs implicated in the $115m (N23.29b) bribery.
This, said another source, is in preparation for the arraignment of some suspects, including Fidelity Bank Managing Director Nnamdi Okonkwo.
Charges might also be preferred against Mrs. Alison-Madueke, who investigators believe is central to the coordination of the huge bribe given to poll officials to alter the 2015 presidential election results.
Also, the EFCC will soon arrest owners of oil companies believed to have contributed the cash because they have failed to report for interrogation.
“Our operatives are on the trail of members of the cartel behind the theft of crude.
“We have blocked all the accounts of all the INEC officials, bank officials and oil chiefs connected with the poll bribery scandal,” the source said.
As at last night, the EFCC was finalizing plans to arraign some suspects on the bribery.
Those pencilled for trial are Diezani (in absentia), Okonkwo and Fidelity Bank’s Head of Operations, Martin Izuogbe, Mrs Khan (for collecting N185, 842,000 out of a N681million bribe); Fidelia Omoile( Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State)—N112,480,000 ; Uluochi Obi Brown (INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Delta State)—N111,500,000; a former Deputy Director of INEC in Cross River State, Edem Okon Effanga—N241,127,000 and the Head of Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo—N214,127,000.
The source added: “Very soon, we will arraign them in court. Some of them have admitted that they shared out of the bribe sum. Having recovered more than N408.7million from some of the beneficiaries of the slush funds, we are set for trial.
“As for the bank, it even refunded N49.7m profit made from the deal. With this, the culpability of the bank is not doubtful at all.
“Since we have blocked or frozen some accounts, we can recover these ill-gotten cash through court process.”