EFCC uncovers $12.9 billion more arms deal fraud

– EFCC says it has uncovered $12.9billion more arms deals fraud during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan 

 – EFCC said an account with $500million which it cannot identify the owner but has frozen the account

– A wrist watch worth £600,000 and jewelry in gold and diamond have been confiscated from Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke

– EFCC also said it has seized a N2.6billion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine owned by former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu

Diezani Alison-Madueke

Anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has uncovered $12.9billion more arms deals fraud during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan The Nation newspaper is reporting. Recall that the initial probe of the arms deal fraud only covered $2.1billion.

But the new details of ongoing investigation of the arms deal include the discovering of an account with $500million which the agency said it cannot identify the owner but has frozen the account.

Also, houses, a wrist watch worth £600,000 and jewelry in gold and diamond have been confiscated from former minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nation quoted a source.

EFCC also said it has seized a N2.6billion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine from the Diagnostic Centre owned by former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu who is currently facing trial for corrupt practices .

“From our findings so far, the amount involved in the arms deals was over $15billion. The $2.1billion which you have written so much about is just one transaction into an account in the First Bank of Nigeria in New York.

“They moved the money into the FBN account from where they were disbursing and re-routing the cash. Our priority is to recover these funds but we will still prosecute the individuals and companies involved,” a source was quoted to have said.

The source also said what the EFCC has recovered in just one year is more than the total recovery by the EFCC since inception while also giving insights into the probe of Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke and businessman Jide Omokore.

”We have seized many houses belonging to Diezani and Omokore on Banana Island and other places. Also, a wristwatch of about £1.4million was seized from Omokore’s wife.

“From the former minister, we have retrieved a choice wrist watch worth £600,000 and jewelry in gold and diamond. We will soon show Nigerians all these items for them to appreciate what we have done and to learn some lessons.”

Also, former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Badeh may automatically forfeit the controversial $1million(N318m) found in his house to the Federal Government. Badeh, through his lawyer, Samuel O. Zibri (SAN) disowned claims that the money was recovered from his home.

But the EFCC source said: “We retrieved the cash from Badeh’s residence in Maitama District of Abuja and the operation was witnessed by his neighbours. “Now that he has denied having such, the cash will be automatically forfeited to the Federal Government.”

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