Monday, January 11, 2016

APC chieftain returns N60m; EFCC urges Falae, others to do same or face trial

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former military administrator of Kaduna State, Gen. Lawal Jafaru Isa (rtd), has refunded 60 per cent of the money he was said to have collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), The Nation reports.
Chief Olu Falae
Chief Olu Falae
Gen. Isa was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (
EFCC) last week for allegedly receiving an unexplained sum of N100 million from the embattled former national security adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
The Nation also reports that the EFCC has ordered all politicians so far named as having received some of the money from the alleged diversion of $2.1billion arms purchase allocation to return what they got or face trial.
National publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, who is being held by the EFCC in relation to the alleged diversion of funds, is also reported to have admitted the transfer of N400million into a company in which he has substantial interest.
The EFCC is said to have decided on cash refunds after retrieving some of the memoranda which Dasuki wrote to former President Goodluck Jonathan to request for funds. A top EFCC source said none of the memos seen so far indicated that the funds would be used for political purposes, party funding or the 2015 general election.
Some of the beneficiaries of the cash include former governors Peter Odili (N100m);  Rashidi Ladoja (N100m), Attahiru Bafarawa (N100m), Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi (N100m), and Jim Nwobodo (N500m).
“We will retrieve every kobo given out from ONSA. It is insufficient to say somebody gave me this money. Once we trace undeserved public funds into your account or phony and proxy  companies, we will ask for refund.”
Source: The Nation