N23bn Diezani Campaign Fund: EFCC Summons Ali Modu Sheriff
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) yesterday invited the controversial National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, to appear before it for interaction on the N450 million allocated to Borno State from the N23.29 billion campaign funds facilitated by ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The EFCC is probing how Sheriff allegedly received about N40 million from the cash allocated to the state.
The N40 million was allegedly given to “Mohammed Kumalia for onward transmission to Sheriff.”
According to a source, the anti-graft commission asked Sheriff to report at its Maiduguri office today.
The source said: “A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, will come to the office tomorrow (today)for questioning as a result of his involvement in the Diezani fraud during the last general election.
“We are looking into how N40 million out of the N450million allocated to Borno State was allegedly given to Sheriff for security purpose.
“If Sheriff gets to our office, he will be able to confirm whether he received such amount. We have done our preliminary findings and isolated questions for Sheriff to answer.
“We have also extended an invitation to the former governor. We are hopeful that he will honour our invitation.”
The source added: “We grilled a former Minister of Power, Mohammed Wakil, who was the PDP campaign coordinator for Borno State.”
The source said during the EFCC’s intial investigation and grilling of Wakil on June 6, he admitted the receipt of the N450 million.
”I received a call from Mrs. Nenadi Usman, a former Minister of Finance, that N450 million was sent to Fidelity Bank and a template for how the disbursement of the funds will be conducted, “the EFCC quoted him as saying.
The source added: “Wakil added that he collected the money and shared it as follows: “Nicholas Msheliya, Peter Biye, Hon. Kudla Satumaria, Hon. Ibrahim Birma – all from southern Borno – received N112, 340,000. Hon. Kangar, through Dr. Kulima A.A., received N88, 620,000 and Mohammad Baba Kachalla (an engineer), Hon. Kaamuna Khadi, Hon. Zarma Mustapha and Hon. Abdulrahman Tarab received N140,860,000.
”Similarly, N40 million was allegedly given to Hon. Kumalia for onward transmission to Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff for security.”