Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is set to begin the interrogation of embattled former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai and five other prominent Nigerians to explain how they shared the N26 million paid into Anenih’s bank account from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA. The EFCC believes the cash came from the allegedly misappropriated $2.1 billion arms funds.
A highly placed source at the commission yesterday told Nigerian Pilot that a letter of invitation has already been sent to Chief Anenih’s official residence in Asokoro, Abuja while Yakassai along other five personalities involved in the scam will receive their letters of invitation via the same process.
He said that any moment from now the affected personalities will be grilled by the operatives of the anti-graft agency on how the loot the came into the account of Chief Tony Anenih and how it was shared.
Anenih had last week written to the EFCC to state, among others, that he gave N63 million to a group coordinated by a former Special Assistant to former President Shehu Shagari (National Assembly Liaison), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, for the 2015 presidential election.
Anenih also told EFCC that he didn’t benefit from the money, but that he only shared it, following instructions.
The EFCC detectives also last week arrested PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh over alleged N1.4billion traced to a company in which he has a stake. The cash is believed by the EFCC to be part of the $2.1 billion arms funds.
The embattled Metuh is still being detained by the agency where he has stressed that he will only explain the source of the N400 million he is being accused of in a law court. His aide however through a press statement stated that Metuh got the money from former President Goodluck Jonathan and not from former NSA Dasuki, who is in the middle of the alleged scam.
He is being confronted with some allegations, including evidence of transactions, for his reaction.
“We have asked him to respond to the payment of N400million into Destra Investment Limited, a company he has high stake in.
“Metuh is also expected to explain some suspicious lodgements into the account of the company by some individuals and a company with link to one of the firms which was involved in arms procurement.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “We are yet to freeze the account of Destra Investment Limited but we will do so.
“Already, the EFCC is collaborating with all relevant banks in this regard. We will invoke the relevant section of the EFCC Act on the account soon.”
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached on the phone to confirm the exact date Anenih and Yakassai will honour their appointments.
The EFCC has started investigating alleged “curious” payment of N63million to a group led by Yakassai for the 2015 elections.
It was learnt that the probe followed a letter to the EFCC by the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, on how he distributed the N260 million paid into his account by the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
A highly-placed source in EFCC said: “Chief Tony Anenih has written the EFCC on how he disbursed N260million from ONSA to various groups, including a team being coordinated by Tanko Yakassai.
“Anenih specifically indicated in the letter that N63million was given to Yakassai’s group. He mentioned a few others whose identities we will not disclose until our investigation has reached an appreciable stage.
“We will unveil the names of all the beneficiaries of the N260million soon. But we are at a level that we need to invite Yakassai to shed more light on why his group was allocated N63million arms funds.”
The source also added: “Besides the letter, Anenih will make a statement on oath and for interrogation when he honours the invitation.”
One of the charges against a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki and a former Director of Finance and Administration in the office, Shaibu Salisu, was the transfer of N260million to Anenih.
The charge said: “That you Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki whilst being National Security Adviser and Shaibu Salisu, whilst being the Director of Finance and Administration in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) on or about 28th November 2014 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, and in such capacities entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: the sum of N260million being part of the funds in the account of the ONSA with Skye Bank Plc committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you transferred same to the bank account of Tony Anenih with First Bank of Nigeria Plc and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Vol.4, LFN 2004.”

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