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EFCC traces Diezani’s $115m bribe to stolen oil

03 May 2016, 10:01

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has hinted that former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke will face trial over the $115million (N23.29bn) bribe paid the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across the 36 states ahead of the 2015 general elections.

After investigation, EFCC operatives believe the $115m doled out by Diezani and her associates through Fidelity Bank came from proceeds of stolen crude oil.

The companies who fronted for Diezani by transferring money into Fidelity Bank account on her behalf are Northern Belt Gas Company Limited; Auctus Integrated; Midwestern Oil and Gas; and Lenoil, owned by Laitan Adesanya.

Also read: EFCC may send evidence against Diezani to UK agency

Out of the N23.29 billion distributed by Fidelity Bank, Gesila Khan, who was the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Rivers States at the time got N185.8million.

She is now the REC of Cross River state.

Fidelia Omoile (Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State) got N112.5 million; Uluochi Obi Brown INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Delta State got N111 500 000.

A former Deputy Director of INEC in Cross River State, Edem Okon Effanga was paid N241 127 000 and the Head of Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo also got N214 127 000.

The EFCC is still compiling the list of INEC officials in all the 36 states, who were recipients of Diezani’s N23.29billion.

Source: Nation

- News 24


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