A former Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, has reportedly returned the sum of N10 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Sources within the EFCC revealed that Jumoke Akinjide, who was the Oyo State coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation and some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, allegedly received N650 million during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.
The source said:
“The former FCT minister and other PDP leaders in the state received some campaign funds during the 2015 presidential election.
“She has been visiting our Lagos office. Recently, she returned N10m to the Federal Government. She is cooperating with us and she is expected to return more money.”
It was however, gathered that the money that Akinjide allegedly received, emanated from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and disbursed by the then Director of Finance, Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman, who has since been charged with money laundering.
The money which was $115 million but converted to N23 billion, was said to have been kickbacks from some dubious oil contractors involved in oil theft.
The anti-graft agency had also reportedly detained the Chairman of the PDP Oyo State Chapter, Yinka Taiwo.
The EFCC has so far grilled about 16 former governors and ministers over the alleged N23 billion scam sleaze.
Some of them include ex-Governor of Kebbi State, Saidu Dakin Garin; former Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State; former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State; and ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State.
Others are: former Governor James Ngilari of Adamawa State; a former Governor of Zamfara State, Mamuda Shinkafi; a former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke; and a former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda.
During the election, each state was said to have received at least N450 million from the fund which was handled by ministers or governors who were members of the PDP. Some states, however, received more than N450 million.
As as the time of filing this report, several attempts made to reach Akinjide’s on her phone, met a brick wall.