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Diezani Billions: EFCC Locates Another N950M

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday traced N950m to the immediate past Kogi state governor, Idris Wada; and ex-Taraba State acting governor, Sani Danladi.

While N500m was traced to Wada, N450m was traced to Danladi.

The money was part of the N23bn "disbursed" by ex-Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, through the then Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman.

The spokesman for EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Wada was detained by the commission.

He said, “Yes, he was invited by the EFCC over N500m Diezani money. He is still in our custody.”

The Gombe zonal office also quizzed Danladi in respect of N450m collected by him through Senators Joel Dallami Ikenya and Mark Useni during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

Danladi, in his statement on oath, told interrogators that he chaired the eight-man committee that disbursed the money for Taraba State.

The EFCC stated, “He further stated that, he and the other members of the committee shared N36m among themselves while the balance of N414m was distributed to other stakeholders across the 16 local government areas of the state and one Development Area Council.”

Danladi was arrested and detained in Abuja last week and later released on bail to reliable sureties, but asked to report to the EFCC Gombe zonal office for further investigation.

Last week, the commission detained a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, for his role in the disbursement of the Diezani sleaze.

At least 20 former ministers and governors may be detained by EFCC in the latest recovery move.

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