N950 million: EFCC detains ex-governor Ibrahim Shekarau

N950 million: EFCC detains ex-governor Ibrahim Shekarau

- Some people in support of ex-governor Ibrahim Shekarau protested what they called “persecution” by the EFCC

- Shekarau and co-defendants are being detained at the Kano zonal office of the EFCC and are expected to be arraigned on charges of money laundering on Thursday, May 24

- They will be charged for allegedly conniving to collect N950 million which is part of the $115 million allegedly distributed by Deizani Madueke, ahead of the 2015 general election

At the Kano state office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) there was commotion as supporters of former Kano state governor Ibrahim Shekarau attempted to block his rescheduled visit to the office, Premium Times reports.

NAIJ.com gathered that a witness said hundreds of supporters of the former education minister thronged the Hajj Camp Road offices of the anti-graft agency to protest what they called “persecution” by the agency.

The former governor arrived the area around 4pm, as scheduled, but was however blocked from gaining entrance into the commission’s premises by an overwhelming crowd. The crowd almost overpowered security personnel on duty, who had to call for reinforcement from sister security organisations.

“The police had to use teargas and fire some shots in the air to disperse the crowd,” a witness, Abba Yunusa, said.

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Shekarau was still being detained at the commission’s offices as at the time of publishing this report.

The former governor and the co-defendants are expected to be arraigned on Thursday, May 24 before the Federal High Court in Kano on charges of money laundering.

Sule Sule, Shekarau’s media assistant, on Tuesday, May 22, alleged that the former governor was being persecuted by the agency for his criticism of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The EFCC in a statement on Wednesday said it had concluded arrangement to arraign Shekarau alongside three others before a Federal High Court in Kano on Thursday.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement said, Shekarau will be charged alongside, Aminu Wali and Mansur Ahmed for allegedly conniving to collect N950 million part of the $115 million allegedly distributed by a former minister of petroleum resources, Deizani Madueke, ahead of the 2015 general election.

“It is further alleged that the defendants distributed the money without going through a financial institution in clear violation of provisions of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act.

“The defendants are currently being detained at the Commission‘s Kano Zonal Office awaiting their arraignment tomorrow,” he said.

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NAIJ.com previously reported that Ibrahim Shekarau, the former Kano state governor, Ambassador Aminu Wali and engineer Mansur Ahmed were expected to report to the Kano zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) on, Tuesday, May 22.

Daily Trust reports that Ahmed was a former commissioner of works in Kano state and deputy campaign director (north) for the former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

It was gathered that the three were invited in connection with the N950m campaign fund allegedly shared among PDP members at Shekarau’s residence prior to the conduct of 2015 general elections.

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Source: Naija.ng

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