EFCC Secures Order To Detain Ex-governor Of Adamawa Over N450m Diezani Poll Cash
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday secured a warrant to detain a former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, James Bala Ngilari on the N450million poll bribery funds allocated to the state by ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Madueke allegedly lavished about $115million oil cash (N23.29billion) on poll bribery scam.
The commission also quizzed Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Hassan Adamu(Wakilin Adamawa), who was a co-signatory to the collection of the cash.
But Adamu said he handed over the cash to one Hamman, the then Chief of Staff to the ex-governor and the Accountant to the Government House, Mrs. Aisha Waziri.
He said he did not take part in the sharing of the money and never benefitted.
A source said: “We are making progress on the ongoing probe of the N23.29billion poll bribery scandal and how some people in Adamawa State cornered N450million.
“Ex-Governor Ngilari was at the commission’s zonal office in Gombe yesterday . He denied authorizing his former aides to take custody of the funds.
“But we need to dig more. Already, a detention order had been signed and most likely, he would spend the night in EFCC custody.”
The source said the EFCC also yesterday quizzed Ambassador Adamu (Wakilin Adamawa) at its zonal office in Gombe on the “role he played in the collection and distribution of N450million campaign fund for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The former Ambassador arrived at the office of the commission at about 9.30 am, and was grilled for several hours before he was allowed to return home.
“Adamu was abroad when his name appeared as co-signatory to the collection of the share of Adamawa State. He admitted his involvement at that level but that the money was taken to the Government House in a bullion van.
“The Ambassador added that the chief of staff to the acting Governor, Mr. James Ngilari, Alhaji Hamman and the accountant to the Government House, Mrs. Aisha Waziri counted the money and confirmed the figure. The duo became custodians of the fund based on the directive of the governor.”