N23bn Diezani booty: EFCC quizzes Kebbi ex-gov over N450m

24 June 2016, Abuja – Abuja —Former governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Saidu Dakingari, yesterday, appeared before operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, telling them what he knew about the disbursement of  N450 million allegedly given to the state to compromise last year’s Presidential poll.

*Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's embattled former minister of Petroleum Resources.

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Usman Dakingari Dakingari was reportedly quizzed for hours in the Kano office of the EFCC and he is said to have made useful statement to his hosts.

It was not clear at press time whether he would be cleared or asked to return on a new date for further interrogation over the huge cash disbursed to all chapters of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 36 states and the FCT towards ensuring the success of their presidential candidate.

It is  also not known how much of the cash received was actually put to work for the intended purpose by the recipients, who are now singing different tunes. Each of the states received between N450 million and N700 million, depending on the evaluation of the party, which was at the commanding height of the nation’s affairs.

The EFCC said in a short statement: “Former Governor of Kebbi State, Saidu Dakingari, is currently being quizzed by Kano office of the EFCC over his involvement in the sharing of N450 million campaign fund.”

No fewer than 16 former PDP governors have been interrogated by the commission over the cash.

Among those already questioned are former Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State, former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State, former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State, former Governor James Ngilari of Adamawa State, and a former governor of Zamfara State, Mamuda Shinkafi.

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