Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman in Bagoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Andrew Adamu, has on August 15, 2016, refunded the sum of N5,000,000 (five million naira) to the EFCC Gombe zonal office.
Adamu, reportedly refunded N5 million of the N12 million he had received in the build-up to the 2015 presidential poll. The N5 million was in addition to the N1 million he had previously returned to the anti-graft agency in order to avert prosecution, thereby bringing his told refund so far to N6 million.
The former chairman admitted to the zonal office of the Commission during interrogation that he signed and collected the said amount in the presence of Hon.Marcus Bulus Makama, a current member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly and former caretaker chairman of the local government, and Mrs. Hasanna Arkila who signed as witnesses for the collection of the amount.
Andrew Adamu, also told EFCC operatives that the former Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Bukata Bayero Bukar, was the chairman of the stakeholders while Mr. Moses Hankali, who was the secretary, stakeholders committee of the PDP, shared the money for the re-election of the former President Goodluck Jonathan.
All the other suspects reported to the zonal office of the Commission. and agreed to return the money to the Commission
Meanwhile, the commission have also intensified its investigation of the immediate past Governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi, over some alleged fraudulent contracts approved by his government.
The anti-graft agency had earlier in the year received dozens of petitions against Elechi’s government, causing the commission to invite the ex-governor and his son for questioning.
And in connection with the investigation, a former Commissioner for Public Utilities in the state, Benjamin Okah, has been arrested for his suspected role in a $12 million contract awarded to a United States-based firm, Califco Group, in 2012.
According to the EFCC, the state government paid $10.8 million to the firm in 2012 as mobilization fee but the project was abandoned.