Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday quizzed the director of Media and Publicity of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, for allegedly collecting over N840million.
The commission alleged that the money emanated from Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, suspected to be part of the looted funds that were diverted as campaign funds.
Embattled Chief Fani-Kayode yesterday arrived the commission’s office at about 9:45am in company of security operatives wearing blue coloured half suites.
Before leaving for the anti-graft agency’s office yesterday, Fani-Kayode wrote on his official Facebook page: “Today the EFCC invited me to come their office on Monday. I have their letter. I agreed to be there. Now they have surrounded my house.
“The letter of invitation was served this morning and it was dated May 6. They said I should report on the 9th. Can someone please tell me why they are at my gate? They can’t even wait because they want to detain me so badly and keep me away for the weekend.
“I never refused their invitation. Why all these? I leave them to God.”
Fani-Kayode was said to have received the money in January 2015.
In a letter signed by Mr. Mohammed Umar Abba on behalf of the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, the commission explained that Fani-Kayode’s name featured prominently in the alleged scam and he was needed to clarify some issues.
The letter read in part: “The commission is investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, fraud and money laundering involving Joint Trust Dimensions Limited which you featured prominently. In view of the above, you are requested to kindly report.”
Efforts to reach the head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, proved abortive as both his MTN and GLO lines were said to be switched off.
As at the time of filing this report yesterday, Chief Fani- Kayode was still being grilled by the EFCC operatives.
Trouble started two weeks ago when the commission traced a whooping sum of N41billion into the account of the former Minister of Finance, Senator Nemadi Usman, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, former federal permanent secretary, Mr. Clement IIoh. Kenneth Atavti
Part of the loot is allegedly traced to Chief Olu Falea and Chief Tony Anenih, former BOT chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as public funds that were allegedly diverted as 2015 presidential campaign funds.
A highly placed source at the EFCC told Nigerian Pilot that following the arrest of the director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman, for allegedly receiving N2.5billion from the CBN, she revealed so many information that indicted Fani-Kayode and others in the transaction.
The source further added that a letter of invitation had already been signed and despatched to Chief Anenih and Chief Falae to appear before the EFCC for some interactions.
He said that the former finance minister was arrested last week Thursday in Abuja and had been cooperating with the team grilling her.
All funds that came from the presidency during the campaign were believed to have come through Usman for disbursement.
Usman had been on the radar of the EFCC for several weeks, but she travelled out of the country on March 13, 2016, thereby stalling investigations.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that N4billion was transferred from the CBN into a mysterious account known as the Ministry of External Affairs Library.
The mysterious account was believed to be a conduit put in place by the Office of the National Security Adviser on the instructions of the
From the mysterious account, N2.5billion was said to have been transferred to Usman’s company account, while N140million cash was allegedly paid into her Zenith Bank account with number 1000158311 domiciled in 7 Kachia Road, Kaduna.
The said transfer was said to have taken place in January 2015, during the build-up to the last presidential election.
Nigerian Pilot had exclusively reported that Usman, on the instructions of Chief Anenih, transferred different sums of money to several individuals and interest groups during the build-up to the last general elections.
She allegedly transferred money to several persons through the bank account of a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited.
Through the said account, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode received N840million.
According to the documents sighted by our correspondent, the money was deposited into Fani- Kayode’s Zenith Bank account, Maitama branch with account number 1004735721 on February 19, 2015.

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