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Diezani Loot EFCC re-arrests ex-Imo Governor, Udenwa

Diezani Alison Madueke, four others were arrested in London on October 2, 2015 by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Nigeria’s former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. play

Nigeria’s former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arrested an ex-Governor of Imo state, Achike Udenwa.

Udenwa, who was earlier granted an administrative bail by the anti-graft agency, was picked up again, in connection with the funds allegedly used to bribe staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to Leadership, an EFCC source revealed that “Udenwa, as a state coordinator for the Presidential Campaign Organisation in Imo state, allegedly collected the sum of N350m from Nenadi Usman, a former senator representing Kaduna south and director of finance for the PDP presidential campaign organisation.

“The suspect, in his statement to the commission admitted receiving the money via Diamond Bank account No.0058805692 and 005950791 respectively on the 14th and 28th of January 2015 in three separate instalments.”

The source also said “the former governor had added that the money came from a company named Joint Trust Dimension Limited. This same company was charged alongside Mrs Nenadi Usman and the media director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani Kayode before the federal high court Lagos on a similar allegation.

“Investigations, however revealed that Achike Udenwa and one Viola Onwuliri, a former minister of foreign affairs and state minister for education, who was his deputy at the presidential campaign organisation were the two signatories to the Diamond Bank account that received the money.

“Upon his arrest, Udenwa was immediately granted administrative bail by the commission with condition that he should be reporting to the commission at an appointed time. But while enjoying his administrative bail, Udenwa chose to deliberately skip reporting, thereby compelling the commission to revoke his administrative bail pending his arraignment soon.”

The ex-minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison Madueke was accused of masterminding the movements of the funds used to bribe the INEC officials.

READ: EFCC declares Diezani's ally wanted over $60m bribe

An ally of the former petroleum minister, Benedict Peters, was also declared wanted by the EFCC for allegedly providing $60m for the purpose.

Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo of Fidelity Bank PLC, was also arrested by the EFCC for allegedly receiving the sum of $115m and helping Diezani to handle the disbursements of funds to some INEC officers.

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