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The controversial alleged disbursement of fund by the past petroleum minister Diezani Alison Maduake has continued to erode many and it seem not coming to an end soon. On Monday The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission traced N860m to the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada; and a former acting governor of Taraba State, Sani Danladi. While N500m was traced to Wada, N450m was traced to Danladi.
The money was said to be part of the N23bn allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, through the then Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman.
Wada has been invited by the EFCC Earlier which he honored yesterday but the questioning and interrogation lasted beyond expected, which made it seem he was detained yesterday for further questioning at the EFCC dock.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Wada was detained by the commission. He said, “Yes, he was invited by the EFCC over N500m Diezani money. He is still in our custody.”
The Gombe zonal office also quizzed Danladi in respect of the N450m collected by him through Senators Joel Dallami Ikenya and Mark Useni during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.
Danladi, in his statement on oath, told interrogators that he chaired the eight-man committee that disbursed the money for Taraba State.
The EFCC stated, “He further stated that, he and the other members of the committee shared N36m among themselves while the balance of N414m was distributed to other stakeholders across the 16 local government areas of the state and one Development Area Council.”
Danladi was arrested and detained in Abuja last week and later released on bail to reliable sureties, but asked to report to the EFCC Gombe zonal office for further investigation.
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