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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday detained a former Minister of Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, over his alleged involvement in the $115million (N23billion) bribe which was distributed by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The EFCC said in a statement that the ex-minister, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, allegedly diverted N450million out of the money.
The money, which was distributed through Fidelity Bank Plc, was said to have been used in bribing officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the 2015 presidential elections.
The statement read in part: “The EFCC has detained the former Minister Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, over his involvement in N23billion bribery. Amb. Yuguda in his statement admitted collecting a total of N450million in his capacity as a senior executive of
the PDP.”
Yuguda had been arrested by the EFCC last year after he allegedly received suspicious payments from former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), who has been embroiled in the scam.
Yuguda also allegedly received N1.5billion from the former NSA’s office through an unnamed company for unstated purpose.
He also allegedly received N1.275billion from Stallion Group during the campaigns for the last general elections.
Another N775million was also allegedly paid to him from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation for unstated purpose.
All the monies were allegedly paid to him between December 2014 and May 2015.
Meanwhile, a former Minister of Mines and Steel, Musa Sada has also told the EFCC of his involvement in the alleged N23.29 billion
election bribery scandal.
Mr. Sada is one of the former ministers in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan who are being investigated by the anti-graft agency.
During investigation, Sada disclosed that he was authorised by a former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, to collect N700million on behalf of Katsina State and remit it to the state’s former Commissioner of Finance.
The commissioner was asked to keep the money for the governor, a statement by the EFCC said.
In a related development, a former Minister of State for Agriculture, Asabe Asmau Ahmed, from Niger State, revealed how she personally signed and collected N450million.
Mrs. Ahmed also stated that she kept N105millionfor herself and transferred the balance to top PDP officials in Niger State.

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