EFCC set to probe ex-First Lady

Report has it that wife of a former president of Nigeria may soon be invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to give certain explanation on her role in the sourcing and disbursement of the huge funds spent by the Presidency two weeks before the 2015 general elections.
 The money, estimated at over a trillion naira, was routed and disbursed through the Amnesty Office to some notable politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), The Sun is reporting.
Investigators of the disbursement observed that the release of about 40 per cent of the funds was authorized by the former First Lady.Sources disclosed to The Sun that the failure of the former head of the presidential Amnesty Programme to return to the country has obstructed investigations on how the
funds were realized “because he allegedly disbursed the bulk of the money, which was not part of the funds allocated to his office.”
It was learnt that the Amnesty boss who will be defending tha 14 petitions written to the EFCC against him, departed the country immediately after the preliminary investigations into the sourcing and disbursement of funds for the elections.
According to a source, “Ordinarily, he should have been here to defend himself against the petitions, but he has refused to show up. It is highly suspected that he is not in any hospital. It was all a dummy be sold to Nigerians. He left this country as soon as he sensed the EFCC may invite him to explain his role in the funds disbursement.”
Consequently, some of his aides, including personal assistants and drivers, have been interrogated on the matter. The investigating team would also want to ascertain his interest in an airline that operates in South Africa with about 12 aircraft.Mr Wilson Uwujare, EFCC’s spokesman, could not be reached for comments on the matter before Press time.
In the past few months, the present administration has intensified its hunt for public funds suspected to have either been looted from government coffers, especially during the immediate past administration.
It would be recalled that recently, many serving and retired military officers, including former service chiefs as well as top politicians have been quizzed by the anti-graft agency.
Government sources have since disclosed that some of those involved, in order to avoid prosecution and public ridicule, have returned their loots.

Similarly, many buildings belonging to some of those under investigation have been seized by the EFCC in many parts of the country.

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