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EFCC grills Jonathan's aide over N23bn Diezani bribe

04 August 2016, 18:36

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)has questioned the Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Organisation, Nenadi Usman, for her alleged role in the N23bn ($115m) allegedly shared by the then Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election, Punch reports.

Usman was quizzed at the Gombe zonal office of the EFCC on August 1, 2016, over the billions of naira that was shared in all the states across the North-East through her for the re-election of former President Jonathan.

Also read: Fani-Kayode, Usman to remain in prison till July 4

Usman was quoted as telling the EFCC during interrogation that she met Diezani shortly before the election and the ex-minister gave her a paper containing a specific amount of money to be given to each states of the federation and directed her as the director of finance to contact and send all the representatives of every state to go to Fidelity Bank and collect the campaign slush funds so as to deliver victory for the Peoples Democratic Party across the country.

The anti-graft agency added, “The former DG, Nenadi, told the zonal office of the commission that Bauchi State got N500m through Senator Babayo Garba; Gombe State got N450m through Senator Saidu Kumo; Adamawa State got N450m through former governor James Ngilari while Taraba State collected the same N450m through the former acting governor of the state, Sani Danladi; and Senator Joel Ikenya.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in April seized two properties belonging to the former minister of state for Finance according to News24.

She was arrested for allegedly receiving N2.5b from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to fund the 2015 presidential campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

An EFCC source said that she has been cooperating with the agency as she has returned N23m.

- News 24


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