EFCC quizzes Shekarau, Wali over Jonathan’s campaign funds
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, quizzed erstwhile Ministers of Education and Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Shekarau, Ambassador Aminu Wali, for their involvement in the alleged sharing of N950 million of the campaign funds of former President Goodluck Jonathan prior to the 2015 general elections in Kano.
Responding to the summons by the anti-graft agency where they were accused of money laundering, Shekarau, who arrived at the Kano zonal office of the commission at 3.15p.m., denied receiving any money from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation before being released from custody around 4.20p.m. on self-recognition. He is to appear before the Federal High Court, Kano tomorrow.
Addressing newsmen later, Shekarau’s counsel, Abdul Fagge, said his client was being charged for money laundering.
He confirmed that Shekarau and Wali are being accused of N950 million.
Efforts to obtain comments from the EFCC on the summons were futile as at press time.
A reliable source in the agency however, told, The Guardian that the former state governor is being investigated for conspiracy and money laundering.
According to him, Shekarau and Wali were allegedly collected N950 million from erstwhile Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and another N50 million from the PDP headquarters in Abuja.
Shekarau, in a statement by his spokesperson, Sule Yau, insisted all issues around the N25 million allegedly collected for the 2015 electioneering were unfounded.
The statement reads: “ Since 2016, when the issue of election fund came up, Shekarau was invited by the EFCC to explain the amount given to him along with other stakeholders of the party in Kano to prosecute the election but he denied ever receiving such amount, and challenged the agency to produce anyone who gave him the money, or any evidence to prove that he actually collected the funds.
“Based on this, the former minister was asked to go. But surprisingly, for reason best known to the EFCC, we received a communication from the agency that the former minister is to be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Kano on Thursday (tomorrow) over the same alleged N25 million election funds.”