The ongoing inquest into the $115m (N23bn) allegedly disbursed via Fidelity Bank on the orders of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has led operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to Zamfara State.
On Saturday, the anti-graft agency arrested the former Governor of Zamfara State Mamuda Shinkafi; ex-Secretary to Government of Zamfara, Aminu Nahuce; and Senator Hassan Nasiha, state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party.
The trio were arrested based on the statement of a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, who reportedly confessed last week that he supervised the sharing of N450m through Fidelity Bank to leaders of the PDP in Zamfara State.
Operatives of the EFCC Kano zonal office revealed how the N450m was received by former Zamfara SSG, Aminu Nahuce; and one Mallaha who acted as a signatory for the documents securing the release of the funds. In his statement of admission to the investigators last week, Yuguda, a former Finance Minister under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, indicted the former Governor Shinkafi as a beneficiary of the money.
Yuguda said in his statement that the ex-governor received N15m while Hassan Nasiha, a former senator and state PDP Chairman of Zamfara State and members of his committee received N5m. The EFCC has, however, told all those involved to return payments made to them as it had been established that the money was stolen.
The PDP chairman, Nasiha, claimed that he only benefitted N2m contrary to claims made by Yuguda that it was N5m. He has refunded the money to the EFCC. The two are currently under detention, the source disclosed, adding that Yuguda claimed that the remaining money was distributed to 14 local government councils in the state.
Yuguda allegedly said in his statement that N26m was given to each Local Government while some other PDP lawmakers received N5m each. Other beneficiaries listed by Yuguda include 13 Zamfara Local Government Councils (N26m each totalling N338m). Yuguda said Gusau Local Government Council, being the state capital, was given N46m.
Yuguda said the then Chairman, House Committee on National Security, Intelligence and Public Safety received N10m, while a senator got N5m. Yuguda added that the PDP deputy governorship candidate in the 2015 election got N5m, while other lawmakers and the PDP Exco got N5m each. Yuguda said the committee of party supervisors got N10m while some other group got N6m.