Kwara Denies Receiving N1tr in Allocation

Kwara State government has debunked claims by a group, “Organising Kwara Political Action Group” that it has collected over one trillion naira in federal allocations between the last administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki and the current administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, the state government described the allegations as ill-informed and driven by deliberate falsehood.

The statement said that the State has witnessed unprecedented development from 2003 till date, saying that the Saraki administration implemented various road, electricity and water projects across the State including construction of township roads within Ilorin.

It listed other projects executed by Saraki to include the Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin International Airport and the International Aviation College, Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre, Upgrading of Asa Dam waterworks and Phase one of Ilorin Water reticulation projects, and urban and rural electrification project.

According to the statement, Governor Ahmed consolidated on the achievements recorded by his predecessor by completing most inherited projects and implementing new ones across all sectors, which have contributed to the State’s development.

These include the innovative City and Guilds of London-backed International Vocational Centre in Ajase-Ipo, KWASU’s ultra-modern Engineering Complex and renovation and equipping five general hospitals in Ilorin, Shaare, Omu-aran, Offa and Kaiama with state-of-the-art facilities.

The statement noted that the present administration also executed different rural and urban road projects across the State as well as people-oriented programmes such as youth empowerment scheme and Micro-credit Intervention scheme under which a cumulative N1.9b has been disbursed to over 50, 000 small business owners in the State.

In the Housing sector, the statement disclosed that Governor Ahmed in March flagged off the construction of 1, 000 hosuing units at Budo-Osho area of Tanke, Ilorin as part of effort to reduce the State’s housing deficit.

The statement added that the state government has commenced the implementation of critical grass-root developmental projects in 192 wards across the State under its N850m World Bank supported Community Development programme.

It also noted that it is completely untrue that workers in the State have not been receiving regular payments for the past three years, stressing that Kwara is one of the few states that have continued to pay salaries regularly despite the current economic downturn that has affected the capacity of most state governments to pay workers’ salaries.

On infrastructure, the statement stressed that the fact that the government had conducted a study on infrastructural needs of the State and has identified a N225 billion gap shows how visionary and serious the government is.

It added that the State government has outlined a plan to bridge the infrastructural deficit gap with the establishment of the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund, (IFK). Under the IFK, the state government intends to inject over N11.1b to fund infrastructural projects including the construction of Geri-Alimi Diamond Underpass flagged off last week.

As regards the issue of water reticulation project, the statement explained that the project was broken into phases, noting that the first phase was executed by the administration of Dr. Saraki, while the second phase was implemented by Governor Ahmed during his first tenure.

According to the statement, the final phase, which will ensure adequate water supply to most neighbourhoods across Ilorin metropolis, is currently being implemented.

The statement also maintained that the Kwara State government has consistently demonstrated accountability and transparency to the people as evidenced by its monthly publication of federal allocation and JAAC figures.

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Tambuwal Denies Receiving N1bn To Help Pad Amnesty Budget

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal has denied news report of receiving some illegal funds to help in the padding of the Amnesty Office budhet.
SaharaReporters had reported that Tambuwal, helped a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, to receive N1bn from the Amnesty Office.
But Tanbuwal, in a statement by his spokesman, Imam Imam described the story, as it relates to Tambuwal, as false, mischievous, and without basis.
“For the records, Tambuwal has never engaged in legislative, political, administrative or business relationship with the persons alleged in the story.”
“Nwuche left the House of Representatives in 2003, the same year Tambuwal was elected into the National Assembly to represent Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency in the House.”
“He was not in the House of Representatives when Nwuche was in the House.”
“The history of the frosty relationship between then Speaker Tambuwal and elements close to former President Goodluck Jonathan (which both Nwuche and Kingsley Kuku were prominent members), is well known to Nigerians.”
“Speaker Tambuwal could not have had dealings with people who considered him antagonistic to the aspiration of their benefactor (Jonathan).”
“There is no iota of truth in the story as it relates to Governor Tambuwal.”
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EFCC Denies Receiving N750m Bribe To Clear FAAN MD Of Corruption

The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been drawn to  a report entitled, ‘N3b Found In FAAN MD’s Bank Accounts Sparks Discontent Over His Clearance By EFCC And Shabby Running Of The Agency’, which appeared in the online news portal, Saharareporters, on Monday October 3, 2016  with claims that the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Saleh Dunoma was cleared of corruption allegations by the Commission after paying bribe to unnamed officials of the EFCC and the Ministry of Transport.

The EFCC is scandalized by this report which is capable of raising doubts in the mind of the public regarding the integrity of the agency.

As an agency that has zero tolerance for corruption, the Commission views with seriousness issues of integrity and has repeatedly asked those with evidence of corruption among the ranks of its officers to come forward, which in this case should have included the names of the officers allegedly involved, and the time and place where they collected the alleged gratification. But there was no such evidence in the report which to all intent and purposes appears contrived.

For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC wishes to state that at no time did it issue any clearance to any managing director of FAAN, which makes the story specious.

Mr. Wilson Uwujaren

Head of Media and Publicity

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EFCC To Invite Fayose’s Wife For Receiving N100m Arms Cash

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is set to invite Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for receiving N100m through an account which is operated by her and her husband.

According to the EFCC, the money, which emanated from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, was paid into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited on June 17, 2014, less than a week to the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The money was paid into the company’s account with bank teller number 0540997 by Abiodun Agbele, an associate of the governor.

The two signatories to Spotless Investment Limited’s account are Fayose and his wife.

According to an EFCC source, “N100m was paid into the Spotless Investment Limited account with number 1010170969 at Zenith Bank. The two signatories are Fayose, with Bank Verification Number 22338867502, and his wife, Helen Olayemi, with BVN 22298990256.”

The account has since been frozen by the anti-graft agency.

As a sitting governor, Fayose cannot be prosecuted or arrested because he enjoys immunity.

“His wife, however, has no immunity,” the source added.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that N1,219,490,000 was flown to Akure Airport on June 12, 2014, by a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, ahead of the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The money was said to have been part of the N4.7bn, which was paid into the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara by the Office of the National Security Adviser. Sylvan McNamara is a company in which Obanikoro’s sons are signatories.

A large chunk of the N1,219,490,000 was said to have been paid into Fayose’s private and company accounts, including the N100m, which was paid into the account of Spotless Investment Limited.


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N23bn Diezani Bribe: 11 INEC Officials Admit Receiving N120m

Eleven officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission who supervised the 2015 general elections in Gombe State have admitted to receiving N120m out of the N23bn ($115m) allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The affected staff, who were electoral officers in charge of the 11 local government areas of Gombe State, were grilled at the Gombe State Zonal office of the EFCC.

Most of them admitted to have benefitted from the bribe sum which was routed through a retired Electoral Officer, Yunusa Ali Biri.

Those quizzed were: Godwin Maiyaki Gambo Balanga, Bukar Alone Benisheik, Dukku, Jibril. B. Muhammed,Billiri, Dunguma Musa Dogona, Funakaye, Mohammed. A. Wanka, Kaltungo, Ishaku Yusuf, Kwami, Suleiman Isawa, Nafada, Babagana Malami, Shongom, and Nuhu Samuel, Y/Deba.

With the latest bend of the investigation, the number of INEC staff so far interrogated is 33.

The EFCC kad more than a month ago arrested a former Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan, and other top INEC officials in the South-South for allegedly receiving N675.1m from Diezani.

A top source, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “We have interrogated 11 electoral officers over N120million bribes they allegedly received from some politicians to undermine electoral process in the 2015 election conducted by the commission.

“The staff, who were all electoral officers in charge of the eleven local government areas of Gombe State, reported at Gombe State Zonal Office of the commission yesterday.

“They had made useful statements, and most had confessed to receiving millions of naira for their local government areas from two of them who negotiated and collected the bribe on their behalf.

“The electoral officers for the Akko Local Government Area and Gombe Local Government Area, Ahmed Ali Biu and Mohammed.B.Zannah, admitted to have collected the bribe from one Yunusa Ali Biri, also a retired electoral officer who acted as Gombe State coordinator of bribes for electoral officers in the state.

“Biri was known and addressed as coordinator of NGO, a euphemism or code, used to cover the activities of the two parties.

“At the meeting of the state coordinator, Biu, and Zannah at the Electoral Officers’ Lodge at Corner Alheri, opposite the NNPC mega station in Gombe.

“The parties agreed to share the bribe per polling unit in each local government area and part of the bribe should go to the ad hoc staff employed and deployed to each polling station across the state.

“However, the commission would have to unravel the discrepancy in the amount collected and the actual money disbursed to the electoral officers.

“ Some claimed that the coordinator short-changed them because he gave only N88million (N8million each) to the eleven local government areas in the state.”

The number of the INEC staff grilled by the EFCC has now risen to 33, including 16 directors, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja and a Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC), Gesil Khan, and five others.

The EFCC has been probing the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, on her alleged involvement in a $115million (N23, 299,705,000billion) 2015 poll bribery scandal.

About four oil firms, 14 directors of oil companies, two banks and INEC officers have been grilled.

Some INEC officers already grilled are REC Gesil Khan for collecting  N185, 842,000 out of a N681million bribe deal; Fidelia Omoile ( Electoral Officer in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State)—N112,480,000 ; Uluochi Obi Brown( INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Delta State)—N111,500,000; a former Deputy Director  of the INEC in Cross River State, Edem Okon Effanga—N241,127,000 and the Head of Voter Education in the INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo—N214,127,000.

Also, a retired INEC employee, Sani Isa,  was grilled over alleged N 406,206,000 bribe sum allegedly collected on behalf of the deceased Resident Electoral Commissioner  (REC) in Kano State, Alhaji Mukaila Abdullahi.

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N23bn Diezani Bribe: EFCC Arrest Ex-military Administrator For Receiving N450m

The Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last night confirmed the arrest of a former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga( rtd), for collecting about N450million from the N23.29billion ($115m) poll bribery cash.

Nkanga, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), was arrested in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

A highly-placed source said : “A former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga( rtd) has been arrested by EFCC operatives for collecting a sum of N450,000,000 from the sleazy $115million deposited by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison- Madueke with Fidelity Bank, Plc.

“He was arrested in Port- Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday. Nkanga was alleged to have collected the money in two tranches, from a staff of Fidelity Bank in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State: Mr. Saint- Anthony Ejiowu.

” The first tranch of the money, a sum of N350,000,000( Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Million Naira only) was collected on March 27, 2015 while the second tranch of N100,000,000( One Hundred Million Naira only) was collected on March 31, 2015. Nkanga signed for the two tranches.

“He is in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court soon.”

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N3.1b ‘Fraud’: Ex-minister Sneaks Out As EFCC Closes In Udenwa, Falae, Fani-Kayode

A former minister has sneaked out of the country as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) closes in on the suspected architects of an alleged N3.145b fraud, it has been learnt.

Six chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Goodluck Support Group (GSG) have been named in the investigations.

The cash, meant for the funding of the campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan  was drawn on the orders of the Presidential Villa and paid into a coded account tagged Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Library.

The account was said to have been deployed by the Presidential Villa (allegedly on Dr. Jonathan’s instructions) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for “strategic assignments”.

Some of the key suspects, including some bureaucrats, have offered to return the funds, even as the EFCC plans to invite some of those implicated for interrogation “any moment from now”.

According to sources, the former minister left the country on Sunday, her destination unknown – as at press time.

A source, who spoke in confidence “in order not to jeaopardise the investigation”,  said: “The EFCC has been on the case for some time and one or two of the suspects at a point came to make statements. But one of the former ministers who was also connected with the matter has jetted out.

“The ex-minister left the country quietly on Sunday. No one can say her actual destination and whether or not it was a routine trip abroad or a self-imposed exile.

“The reality is that there is no hiding place for any former public officer. Wherever a suspect is, the EFCC will repatriate such a person.”

It was confirmed last night that the N3.145billion was drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) following directives from the Presidential Villa.

The cash was wired into the coded account.

It was learnt that after the withdrawal of the cash from CBN, an account was provided by the Director of Finance of the PDP Presidential Campaign, former Minister Nenadi Usman, for disbursement to beneficiaries.

Another source added: “The CBN released the funds based on orders from the Presidential Villa. Some documents on the withdrawal have been obtained by the EFCC.

“From the preliminary investigation, MEA was a coded account used by the Presidential Villa and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for strategic assignments, including funding of the re-election campaign of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

“After the cash was moved to MEA account, it was moved into the account of Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited, which was allegedly provided by ex-Minister Nenadi Usman.

“In fact, some of the bureaucrats connected with the withdrawal of the funds from the CBN have not been comfortable. Some suspects have actually offered to return the cash quietly to EFCC.

“I am aware that some persons have made statement to the EFCC on what they knew about the deal. But most of the beneficiaries have not been quizzed. They will soon be invited by the EFCC for interrogation and how to return the money.”

The beneficiaries include a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (N840m); a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and leader of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Olu Falae (N100m); a former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman(N36.9m); a former Imo State Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa and a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Viola Onwuliri(N350m)  and Okey Ezenwa(N100m).

One of the beneficiaries, who spoke in strict confidence, said: “The cash was actually N2billion as reported to the campaign directorate.

“When ex-Minister Nenadi Usman briefed us, some of us insisted on knowing the source(s) of the funds. In fact, somebody asked repeatedly whether or not the cash was from public funds but she told us that the money came from some private individuals. She disclosed some names behind the so-called “donation.”

“Having heard that the cash was donated to the campaign, we decided to use it for that purpose. None of us knew that the money came from the CBN and it was also disbursed through a company’s account which Nenadi Usman said she had been using for her campaign.

“Now, we are just realizing that the N3.145billion was drawn from the CBN. It is just unfortunate. Some of us would have rejected the cash if we knew it came from the apex bank.”

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FG’s $25b Infrastructural Fund Receiving Favorable Interests -Osinbajo

The plan of the federal government to raise a $25 billion Infrastructural Fund from the global community and establish long term bankable projects is gaining traction, according to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
“We have seen considerable, favorable interests from some sovereign wealth funds and other nations,” the VP told a delegation of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry that paid him a courtesy call today in his office.
Explaining the idea of the Fund to the delegation, Prof. Osinbajo said the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority which manages the country’s sovereign wealth fund is leading the project adding that the Infrastructural Fund would create opportunity for commercial partners to participate in the building of the nation’s infrastructures alongside the federal government. This would be done through the establishment of bankable projects that involves such commercial partners.
He disclosed that the China-Exim Bank has agreed to finance the railway projects linking Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar. According to him, ‘we expect these will generate some economic activities and create jobs.”
The Vice President reiterated the federal government’s determination to raise revenue internally to fund the budget including through an expansion of VAT coverage but not an increase of the VAT rate. At 20% coverage the VAT coverage now, the federal government intends to do much better giving a boost to the country’s tax revenues.
The delegation of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry was led by Chief Mrs. Nike Akande who declared the support of the Chamber for the federal government’s fight against corruption and acknowledged that in the current economic situation that the Buhari presidency is having to deal with “there are no easy choices.”
Mrs. Akande, a former federal minister for Industry called on the Central Bank of Nigeria to find a foreign exchange regime that would boost the confidence of investors and remove uncertainly.
The Vice President told the delegation that the federal government is focussed on finding solutions to the economic situation including through a focus on building infrastructure and also diversifying the economy, especially through agriculture. Besides, the government is also focussing on creating an enabling environment for business and investments in the country.
Prof. Osinbajo also received a delegation from the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, ALTON.
He praised the telecom operators stating that “there is no question at all about the importance and contribution of the sector especially since the 2001 privatization.” The Vice President noted that the telecom sector is one of the sectors in the economy that has created a significant impact.
He reiterated federal government’s resolve to develop critical infrastructure in the country including in the power sector which was an area of concern expressed by the operators at the meeting. According to him, the 2016 budget “has a lot of emphasis on power, infrastructure, and we are hoping to make considerable progress, with fairly consistent spending on infrastructure over the years, we’ll fare better.”
Earlier the Chairman of the association, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo presented an industry report to the Vice President entitled “The Socio-Economic Impact of Telecoms in Nigeria.” Adebayo also expressed the concern of telecom operators regarding ‘multiple taxes’ and some of their equipments destroyed by insurgents in the Northeast. He noted that the industry has recorded over 120 million subscribers since 2001.
The Vice President also encouraged the telecom operators to be diligent in the payment of taxes and avoid delinquency, while suggesting that judicial or legislative options be considered in the resolution of what the operators described as ‘multiple taxation.’
While observing the important role of the telecom industry and acknowledging its contributions to the economy, the Vice President urge for the cooperation of the telecom companies in national security issues.
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Metuh Admits To Receiving N400m From Office Of NSA

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, has admitted to receiving money from the office of the National Security Adviser.

It was gathered that Metuh had admitted the transfer of N400million into a company in which he has substantial interest. The company is believed to be Destra Investment Limited.

According to a source who spoke to The Nation, “So far, Metuh has admitted the transfer of N400 million by ONSA into a company in which he has substantial interest.

“It is left to him to justify why he deserved such benefit from arms cash. We are still questioning him on other remittances into the company’s account. We are also demanding how he will refund the cash,” the source said.

“Contrary to the noise outside, we did our homework very well. Anybody we bring to the EFCC this time around, we used to make sure that we have established a case against him.

“So, we don’t invite or arrest on frivolous basis. We do thorough investigation this time around.”

Meanwhile, PDP has continued to decry the detention of its spokesman. In a statement signed by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr Victor Kwon in Abuja on Sunday, the party said, “His continued detention without being charged to court is only indicative of the fact that the commission (EFCC) has not been able convince itself of enough evidence of guilt and is now lending itself as a willing instrument of persecution against Metuh.”

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EFCC Arrest Buhari’s Close Associate, Jafaru Isa For Allegedly Receiving N100million From Dasuki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday night arrested a former military governor of Kaduna State and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Lawal Jafaru Isa.

Mr. Isa is the first chieftain of the APC arrested by the EFCC since the beginning of a sweeping probe into the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.

Mr. Isa, Military Administrator of Kaduna State from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha and one-time governorship candidate of the defunct CPC in Kano State, is a close friend of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Mr. Isa, also a close political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, was arrested at his Abuja residence located at Ajayi Crowther Street, Asokoro.

Operatives of the anti-graft commission reportedly invaded his residence around 9pm, and then whisked him away a few minutes later.

It was gathered that Mr. Isa, a retired brigadier general, was invited last week to appear before the commission on Wednesday (yesterday) to clear the air on “some questionable receipts” from the former NSA.

Investigators believe the retired soldier received over N100million from Mr. Dasuki.

Rather than honouring the invitation, sources said, Mr. Isa wrote a letter to the EFCC through his lawyer, seeking a postponement of his appearance date on the grounds of death of a relative.

Apparently dissatisfied with his excuse, the EFCC however arrested him to clarify the “questionable receipts”.

The spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Ujuwaren, could not be reached Thursday morning for? comments on the arrest.

But a top official of the commission confirmed the development.

”He has been wasting our time, and we just have to pick him up for our investigation to continue,” the official said.

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Yakassai Admits Receiving N53million From Anenih, Names 8 Other Northerners As Beneficiaries

Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai yesterday confirmed that Chief Tony Anenih gave him and eight other prominent Northerners N53m for advocacy visit to northern traditional rulers.

Yakasai said he received the money after Anenih had asked him to suggest nine apolitical but respected individuals from the north who will help mobilize their subjects for hitch free 2015 general election.

In an exclusive chat with Vanguard, Yakassai said that “Yes, myself and 8 others collected N53m from Chief Tony Anenih to pay advocacy visit to prominent northern emirs to mobilise their subjects for a hitch-free 2015 general elections.”

One of the named beneficiaries, Chief John Mankilik has denied knowledge of the source of the money.

The former Special Adviser to President Shehu Shagari declared that the N53m disbursed to his team by the former Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) leader catered for the group’s members allowances, transportation and accommodation on a tour that took them to 18 states in the north.

Yakasai, who vehemently denied linkage between the fund and campaigns for former President Jonathan, listed former minister of state, Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Anka, Barrister Bitrus Gwada and Alhaji Suleiman Lawal as beneficiaries of Anenih’s largesse.

Other top respected northern individual, according to him that benefited from the largess included Dr Bahago, Chief John Macklink from Plateau, and Senator Sodangi.

Yakasai had last week denied ever receiving financial patronage from the Jonathan administration in an interview with Vanguard.

He had, in the interview, said; “I want to make it categorically clear that no officials of the last regime either Mr. Jonathan, his lieutenant, agents, contractors or person having links or relationship with the last administration gave me cash on behalf of that regime.”

Yakasai, who celebrated his 90th birthday last year disclosed that they visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris and the emir of Gwandu.

Others visited were the emirs of Anka, Ilorin, Nassarawa, Minnie, Bauchi, Zuru, Kebbi, Katsina, Dutse, Hadejia and representatives of emir of Daurawa.

Also visited were the Tor Tiv, the Gwom Gbom Jos, Ohimege Igu, Kotonkarfe, Etsu of Abaji, Etsu Nupe and Atta Igala.
But the Secretary of the Committee, Chief John Mankilik, when contacted by Vanguard yesterday denied knowing the source of the fund or how it was spent.

According him, “I was in the Committee, he (Yakassai) was the Chairman and I was the Secretary. He never gave me any money except when we were traveling, he only gave us the money we needed for the journey.

“He never told me the source of the money or how he was spending it, he was the one who knew everything, he should explain how he spent whatever was given to him.”

Source: Vangurad

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I Received Money From Tony Anenih, But Not N63million – Tanko Yakassai

A former Presidential Liaison Officer to ex-President Shehu Sagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has denied receiving N63million from Chief Tony Anenih as the latter alleged in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Yakassai said this in a telephone interview with our Correspondent on Wednesday. The elder statesman was reacting to news reports that he collected the said sum from Chief Tony Anenih.

He explained that while it was true that he received an amount of money from the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, for an assignment, the money was not up to the amount quoted.

Pressed to say how much he received, Yakassai said he was not at liberty to say because the matter is in court and that it is when they both go to court that each party will tender evidence to back up his claim.

Yakassai said, “The amount being bandied about is not what was given to me. It is true Chief Anenih gave the committee of eminent persons which I headed some funds for our assignment, the money being quoted is not what we received.

“The committee of nine persons which I led was given an assignment to reach out to traditional rulers on the need for them to ensure peaceful elections in their domains because there was tension in prior to the 2015 general elections.

“We went round 18 states and Abuja where we met two in each of the states we visited, we started with the Sultan of Sokoto, we could not meet with traditional rulers in Gombe because on the day of our visit, Boko Haram attacked the town and there were reports that they were targeting the Government House where we were at that time.”

Asked whether the committee gave money to any of the traditional rulers, Yakasai said, “No. We were not given any money to give any of them and we did not give them any money.

“The money the committee received was for logistics such as transport and accommodation. We wrote a report after our assignment which started on January 14 and ended on February 15, 2015, the records are there.”

The elder statesman said he was prepared to defend the activities of the committee when required to do so because the committee performed its assignment creditably and transparently.

Source: Punch

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