How Diezani’s N35 Billion Cash Was Allegedly Shared – EFCC
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has tendered documents in court showing how funds allegedly diverted by former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke were allegedly shared.
It alleged that Mrs. Alison-Madueke shared $115,010,000 (about N35 billion) to various individuals in 36 states ahead of the 2015 general elections.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mohammed Belgore, and a former minister of National Planning, Prof Abubakar Suleiman, are on trial before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The anti-graft commission accused them of directly receiving N450 million in cash from Mrs. Alison-Madueke without going through a financial institution. They pleaded not guilty.
The money they received, the commission said, was shared to electoral officers and others in Kwara State.
Suleiman and Belgore, according to documents tendered by the EFCC, collected N450 million on behalf of Kwara.
Every other state also got part of the cash, according to documents sighted by our correspondent yesterday.
For instance, two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chiefs received N500 million for Cross River State; two party chiefs got N650 million on behalf of Lagos State; while two partymen received N450 million for Taraba State.
Two PDP chiefs collected N700 million for Kaduna State; two party chiefs got N450 million for Gombe State; four party chiefs got N700 million on behalf of Imo State, while two men collected N450 million for Anambra State, among others.
The commission tendered two documents marked as Exhibits 7 and 7A, with breakdown of how the monies were to be shared.
According to one of the documents entitled: Kwara State, four polling booth agents in 2,406 units got N10,000 each (amounting to N96,240,000), while presiding officers got N20,000 each (totalling N48,120,000).
Fifteen electoral officers received N250,000 each (totalling N3,750,000); 15 supervisors got N100,000; 15 returning officers were given N50,000 each; 193 ward returning officers got N20,000 each (totalling N3,860,000), while the state returning officer allegedly got N1 million.