…. Yakassai got N63m
Former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih has explained how he disbursed the N260 million paid into his bank account by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
Anenih wrote to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to state, among others, that he gave N63 million to a group coordinated by a former Special Assistant to former President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Matters , Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for the 2015 presidential election.
A top source in the EFCC said on Tuesday that the two elder statesmen may be invited for interrogation over the “curious” payment.
In the letter, Anenih told EFCC that he didn’t picket the money, but that he only shared it according to instructions.
According to a competent source in the agency, Anenih also mentioned a couple of highly placed Nigerians who benefitted from the funds.
“We will unveil the names of all the beneficiaries of the N260million soon. But we are at a level that we need to invite Yakassai to shed more light on why his group was allocated N63million arms funds,” the source said.
One of the charges against the immediate past National Security Adviser , Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and a former Director of Finance and Administration in his office, Shaibu Salisu, was the transfer of N260million to Anenih.
The charge said: “That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki whilst being National Security Adviser and Shaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on or about 28th November 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, and in such capacities entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: the sum of N260million being part of the funds in the account of the ONSA with Skye Bank Plc committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you transferred same to the bank account of Tony Anenih with First Bank of Nigeria Plc and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4, LFN 2004.”