Fani-Kayode, Falae, Nenadi, others named in fresh N3.145billion scandal

Fani-Kayode, Falae, Nenadi, others named in fresh N3.145billion scandal
March 15 09:13 2016

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered a fresh evidence of how some politicians allegedly shared about N3.145billion fund during the preparation for the 2015 elections.

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-kayode;  leader of the Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae; a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman; a former Imo state governor, Achike Udenwa; former minister of state for foreign affairs, Viola Onwuliri and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Okey Ezenwa were named in the scandal.

According to a source in the commission, the money was paid by the Central Bank Nigeria into the account of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Library, from where it was moved into the account of a private firm, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.

“It was from the Joint Dimension’s account with Zenith Bank that the money was shared to various individuals and organizations for purposes that are not stated,” the source said.

Fani-Kayode allegedly received N840million, paid in three tranches into his Zenith Bank, Maitama branch, with number 1004735721.

The first tranche of payment involving N350million reportedly hit the account on February 19, 2015.

Another N250milion was also said to have been paid into the account on February 19, 2015 while N240million moved into the account a month later, precisely on March 19, 2015.

The source disclosed that the balance on this account as at December 31, 2015 was N189, 402.72.

According to the source, the Goodluck Support Group headed by former Political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Professor Rufai Alkali allegedly received N320million.

Falae also allegedly received N100m through Marreco Limited, a company which board he chairs.

The fund was credited into the company’s United Bank for Africa Plc account No. 1000627022 on March 25, 2014.

Both former Governor Udenwa and ex-Minister Onwuliri got N350million in two tranches. The first tranche of N150million was paid into their joint account with Zenith bank on January 13, 2015.

The second tranche of N200miilion was paid into their account with Diamond bank.

Nenadi Usman allegedly received N36.9million through her Zenith Bank account no. 1000158311. Her branch of Zenith Bank is located at 7 Kachia Road, Kaduna, investigators said.

The coordinator of the Jonathan/ Sambo 2015 presidential campaign in Anambra state, Okey Ezenwa, is said to have received N100million.

Investigators in the Commission however said they were still working to find out the motive of the payment.