- Pius Anyim, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) is currently in the custody of the EFCC
- The anti-graft agency says it is not in a hurry to release Anyim on self-recognizance
Pius Anyim, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) has been told by the EFCC to return the N520m he allegedly collected from a former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki or be prosecuted for money laundering.
The former SGF is currently in the custody of the anti-graft agency and may remain there until the investigation over the issue is concluded, the Punch reports.
A source at the EFCC who confirmed the allegations against Anyim, said the former SGF collected N520m from Dasuki on the eve of the presidential election in March, 2015.
“We have asked him to return the money. That is our primary goal. Let him tell us how he intends to pay back.," the source said.
According to the source, the commission was not in a hurry to release Anyim on self-recognizance as he was known to shun invitations.
“Anyim had, in the past, shunned invitations by the National Assembly and even the EFCC. He is not the type to be granted unconditional bail,” the source stated.
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Meanwhile, the immediate past first lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, has appealed to the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to lift the temporary freezing of 16 bank accounts allegedly linked to her and some firms.
The Nation reports that the accounts, which have $5.8 million and N3.5 billion, are mostly located in some new generation banks.
The report said Mrs Jonathan’s request is part of a motion she filed before the court faulting the method adopted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in obtaining two ex-parte interim freezing orders on the accounts.
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