BREAKING NEWS: EFCC arrest ex-governor of Akwa Ibom state

– Mr Idongesit Nkanga has been arrested by the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
– His arrest is in connection with an alleged involvement
in a $115million scandal involving Diezani Alison-Madueke
– Nkanga reportedly collected four hundred and fifty
million naira (N450,000,000)
The former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom state and
chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is accused of
N450,000,000( Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira only) from
the sleazy $115million deposited by former Minister of Petroleum
Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, with Fidelity Bank Plc.
Former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Idongesit Nkanga arrested
by EFCC for involvement in $115million poll bribery scandal.
According to Premium Times, Mr Nkanga, a retired air
commodore was arrested in Port- Harcourt, the Rivers state
capital on Monday, May 9.
Sources said Nkanga allegedly collected the money in two
tranches, from one Saint-Anthony Ejiowu, a staff of Fidelity Bank
in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
The first tranche of the money – N350,000,000 (Three Hundred
and Fifty Thousand Million Naira only) was paid to the politician on
March 27, 2015, the sources revealed.
Nkanga allegedly received the second tranche of N100,000,000
(One Hundred Million Naira only) on March 31, 2015.
“He is in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court
soon,” an unnamed official said.
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The EFCC arrested the former governor just as the Chairman of
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood
Yakubu, assured Nigerians that the Commission will cooperate
with the anti-graft agency in regarding its personnel named in the
scandal.
According to a statement by the commission’s Director, Voters’
Education and Publicity, Oluwole Ozaze-Uzzi on Monday, Mr.
Yakubu gave the assurance during a meeting with editors in
Lagos.
“Whatever level of cooperation any of the agencies requires of the
Commission, we will give that level of cooperation because it is
also in a bid to sanitize the system,” Mr. Yakubu was quoted as
saying.
“I hope also it (investigation) will extend to the givers not just the
takers so that there will be collective sanity. Whoever violates the
law of this land and there are questions to answer, the person
should answer, the person should bear his own cross.
“All the staff that are fingered are individuals. It is not a collective
institutional thing. They should go and answer for what they have
alleged to have done.”
Some staff of the electoral body were alleged to have received a
cumulative N23 billion in bribe from Mrs. Alison-Madueke, through
Fidelity Bank.
Prominent among the accused INEC staff were Gesila Khan, the
Resident Electoral Commissioner who had earlier been arrested by
the State Security Service over allegations of inducement to rig
elections in Rivers State; and Uluochi Obi Brown (INEC’s
Administrative Secretary in Delta State), former Deputy Director of
INEC in Cross River state, Edem Okon Effanga, and the Head of
Voter Education in INEC in Akwa Ibom, Immaculata Asuquo.
Also under investigation is retired INEC official, Sani Isa, who
allegedly collected bribe on behalf of the deceased Resident
Electoral Commissioner in Kano State, Mukaila Abdullahi.
Also two unnamed former INEC chiefs were said to have
participated in aiding the flow of the bribe money.
The alleged bribery scandal involved bank chiefs, including Sterling
Bank Chief Executive, Yemi Adeola, the removed Managing
Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo and Access Bank
Managing Director, Hubert Wigwe, who allegedly assisted Mrs.
Alison-Maduekwe in laundering part of the fund which was
allegedly handed to INEC staff in a plot to influence outcomes of
the 2015 presidential poll.
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The integrity of the elections in the South-South region,
particularly Rivers State, has been questioned by many
organisations, including foreign observers and the Transition
Monitoring Group (TMG) whose report claimed results in the oil-
rich region were inflated.
A citizen group, Enough is Enough, last week filed a Freedom of
Information request asking EFCC to disclose identities of the
former INEC chiefs, all the electoral staff and civil society
organizations involved in the alleged bribery.
Following investigation of the Investigation the poll bribery
scandal, operatives of the EFCC found out that $115m (N23.29b)
came from proceeds of stolen crude oil.
The said money was allegedly used as a bribe for officials of the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to alter the
results of the 2015 presidential election.
Speaking with The Nation on Monday, May 2, a top EFCC official
who pleaded for anonymity said: “Our operatives have discovered
that the $115 million came from stolen crude oil. They got it from
former Petroleum Resources Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
“We will uncover how they came about the stolen crude oil and
those used to siphon the oil in order to deny the nation of
revenue.”
Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency has reportedly frozen all the
accounts of top officials of the INEC and oil chiefs
implicated in the poll bribery scandal.
According to another source, the EFCC is preparing for the
arraignment of some suspects, including top banking officials and
some owners of oil companies.
Charges might also be preferred against Alison-Madueke, who is
believed to be central to the coordination of the huge bribe given
to INEC officials.

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