Again, EFCC quizzes Nenadi Usman over N23b election funds
• Docks FAAN worker for alleged N70m deal
Weeks after she was granted bail, former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Nenadi Usman, has again been grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Usman was arraigned alongside the Director, Media/Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode and a couple of others on a 17-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, corruption and making cash payments in excess of the limits authorised by law.
But the Gombe zonal office of the commission yesterday said the erstwhile Director General for Finance of the campaign was being quizzed over the billions of naira that were disbursed to states in the North East for the now futile re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency has kept in custody the leader of a crime syndicate that allegedly defrauded the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) of N70 million for further questioning.
The affected staff, who work in the accounting section of the agency, were alleged to have diverted the funds over a period of time through accounts of various employees.
The Guardian yesterday gathered that the prime suspect was transferred to the anti-graft agency after a panel found them culpable, leading to their immediate suspension.
The chief suspect, according to the management, promptly named the accomplices when the shady plot was eventually uncovered.
The main culprit reportedly confessed to have diverted some of the funds to her brother’s accounts.
Consequently, FAAN is to audit the finances of the department with a view to blocking leakages, adding that, after the exercise, it would further modernise its accounting system, explore new ways to boost revenues as well as continuously monitor activities of its personnel involved in revenue generation and accounting.
It expressed the hope that EFCC would unravel the fraud, punish the culprits and work with management to forestall future occurrence.
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