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Diezani Ex-minister bribed INEC officials in 36 states before 2015 elections

The EFCC is also said to have launched a manhunt for the former minister's son, Ugonna Madueke.

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These are the biggest corruption stories of 2017 play Nigeria's former minister of petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke addresses delegates at the opening of the Nigeira Oil & Gas 2014 conference in Abuja, March 18, 2014, REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (Reuters)

According to reports, former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for bribing officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) prior to the 2015 general elections.

The EFCC is also said to have launched a manhunt for the former minister's son, Ugonna Madueke, according to The Nation.

The agency has so far arrested the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Cross River State, Gesil Khan on allegations that she received money from Alsion-Madueke.

“We are looking at a case of conspiracy between Fidelity Bank and the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to bribe INEC officials to rig the 2015 presidential election nationwide,” an EFCC source told The Nation.

“On her part, Diezani sent $25.77million(approximately $26m) to the MD with all the funds totaling $115million (N23, 299,705,000billion). A day or two before the presidential election, she gave  a distribution list to the  Fidelity Bank Plc MD and instructed that the $115million be changed into Naira and shared to INEC officials  in the 36 states, some individuals and NGOs.

“The MD said there was no way the bank could meet up with the conversion of the $115million into Naira and distribute at the same time. Diezani pleaded with the MD to use the Naira in the bank’s vault. She said if the bank changed the dollars later, it could make Naira replacement. That was how the money was distributed to INEC officials in 36 states, some individuals and NGOs.

“The MD instructed the bank’s Head of Operations, Martin Izuogbe, to communicate with all Fidelity Bank branches to effect the distribution of the cash to alter the presidential election poll results,” the source added.

Meanwhile, the EFCC has arrested the Managing Director (MD) of Fidelity bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo in connection with the investigation.

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