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How Nenadi Usman ‘shared Diezani’s N23 billion’ to North-eastern states

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Embattled former Minister of Finance and Director of Finance to the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign, Nenadi Usman, has disclosed to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission how she disbursed the N23 billion allegedly received from former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

According to The Nation, Usman told the EFCC during an interrogation that the N23 billion given to her for the last year’s presidential election was distributed among the North-eastern states. She further disclosed that Alison-Madueke gave her a list of state that will benefit from the largesse.

The money, which was believed to have been gotten from oil companies supporting the Goodluck Jonathan campaign, was allegedly set aside as bribes for officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The N1.850 billion was allegedly shared among the party stalwarts in Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states through Senator Babayo Garba (Bauchi), Senator Saidu Umar Kumo(Gombe), former Governor James Ngilari  (Adamawa),  former acting Governor Sani Abubakar Danladi and  Senator Joel Ikenya (Taraba).

Usman is facing criminal prosecution, alongside former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, for allegedly laundering N4.9 billion.

A source in the anti-graft agency told The Nation that, “Following fresh facts, ex-Minister Usman was invited to Gombe Zonal office of the EFCC on Monday for interrogation on the billions of naira that were shared to  all the states in the Northeast through her for the re-election of the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We decided to grill her at the zonal office as part of the final lap of our investigation on the disbursement of the slush funds in the Northeast and arraignment of suspects with prima facie cases.

“Mrs. Usman told the EFCC during interrogation that she met the former Petroleum Minister Mrs. Alison Madueke who gave her a paper containing a specific amount of money to be given to each state  of the federation and   directed her as the  director of finance in the build up to 2015 presidential election  to  contact and send all the representatives  of  every state  to go to  the   Fidelity Bank and collect the  campaign slush funds so as to deliver the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country.

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Nenadi Usman and Fani-Kayode visited by Bishop Kukah in EFCC

“The former finance director Usman  told the zonal office of the commission that  Bauchi State got  N500 million through Senator Garba; Gombe State, N450 million through Senator Kumo;  Adamawa State N450 million through former Governor Ngilari;  Taraba State, N450 million through the former acting Governor Danladi and Senator Ikenya.

“Nenadi Usman admitted to the EFCC that she did not know the source of the fund as she claimed that Madueke collected the paper that contained the details of the amount.

“But  she said she had reported to the head office of the EFCC in Abuja and Kano, Lagos and Gombe zonal offices of the commission to clarify how the multi-billion naira campaign bribe money was shared to the big wigs of the PDP across the country.

“The suspect has been granted administrative bail by the Gombe zonal office of the commission pending the full investigation of the matter.”

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