DIEZANI ALISONThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is reportedly on the trail of immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah and former minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, in connection with the arrest at the weekend of embattled former minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison -Madueke in the United Kingdom.
A reliable source at the EFCC yesterday told Nigerian Pilot on condition of anonymity that the affected persons will be interrogated in connection with the alleged ‘sale of petroleum products, and crude oil’ by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to Ubah’s Capital Oil Limited. It said that investigations so far revealed that the ‘sale’ was actually funds remitted to Capital Oil accounts for political campaign purposes.
According to the source, about N1.2trillion was allegedly siphoned from NNPC accounts to Capital Oil account to fund presidential campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan and that Chief Ubah and Senator Anyim were responsible for the disbursement of the funds. He said that whereas Capital Oil and Gas Limited and TAN are owned by Ifeanyi Ubah, Anyim was the unseen promoter of TAN.
The source further added that funds were channeled through a project by name called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN.
He said that as investigation commenced proper, TAN itself would be investigated on how the organization spent over N1.2trillion in less than six months.
On his own part, the immediate past minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, will be quizzed by the anti- graft agency to ascertain if due process was followed in all the transactions particularly in the Oil and Gas sector. He will therefore be asked to explain all he knows about the agreement between NNPC and TAN and the roles played by each party to the agreement.
The EFCC source further added that more ministers of the Goodluck Jonathan era will be facing possible arrest in the aftermath of Friday’s detention of ex- Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke in London for alleged corruption.
Alison-Madueke and the four other suspects arrested along with her were granted bail same day. She is said to be good at keeping records, including handwritten notes.
According to the source, the embattled Alison-Madueke is “just one of the few cases of ex-ministers under investigation. We have at least about three issues at hand involving other ministers that served under Jonathan but I will not disclose their names,” the source said.
He said former minister of finance will soon “explain to the operatives of the commission her role on the depletion of the $1billion in Sovereign Wealth Fund by about $700million as well as on the reckless granting of tax waivers to oil firms without the approval of the National Economic Council, NEC.”
The ex-ministers are believed to have been implicated by Permanent Secretaries who served under their ministries, particularly Dr. Iweala.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the voluntary surrender to the National Crimes Agency, NCA, by a Nigerian oil baron laid the foundation for a comprehensive investigation, and arrest of Diezani.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke and her alleged accomplices are expected to be arraigned in a London court today.
The suspects were questioned for several hours by security agents in London before granting them bail. However, her international passport was seized.
This came four months after British Prime Minister, David Cameron pledged Britain’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption.
Hours after the ex-minister’s arrest on Friday, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, sealed up her highbrow Asokoro, Abuja residence for a search.
The anti corruption agency had a court warrant to conduct the search.
Meanwhile, a letter of invitation is expected to be dispatched to the affected public office holders as soon as the chairman of the commission endorsed them.

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