Se­con­dus got N250m from Da­suki for spe­cial du­ties –EFCC

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Olu­sola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, Uche Se­con­dus, al­legedly re­ceived N250m from the Of­fice of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser under the lead­er­ship of the em­bat­tled for­mer NSA, Col. Sambo Da­suki (retd.), an Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion’s re­port has said.

The re­port, which was sighted by one of our cor­re­spon­dents, stated that Se­con­dus al­legedly re­ceived the money dur­ing the build-up to the 2015 gen­eral elec­tions.

Se­con­dus, who was the Deputy Chair­man (South) of the PDP at the time, al­legedly col­lected the money for ‘spe­cial du­ties.’

The re­port partly read, “Uche Se­con­dus re­ceived N200m in cash from the ONSA with voucher 0244. his Spe­cial Ad­viser, one Chuk­wu­rah, signed for the money on his be­half on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2015. Ear­lier, he had col­lected N50m which was per­son­ally re­ceived by him on Novem­ber 7, 2014.

“The funds were ap­proved by Col. Sambo Da­suki (retd.) for un­known rea­sons but were merely re­ferred to as ‘spe­cial du­ties.’”

The re­port also ac­cused Se­con­dus and erst­while Chair­man of the PDP, Al­haji Adamu Mu’azu, as well as the law­maker rep­re­sent­ing Akwa Ibom North-east Se­na­to­rial District, Se­na­tor Bassey Ak­pan, of re­ceiv­ing ve­hi­cles worth about N1.1bn from Baba­jide Omokore, an oil mag­nate stand­ing trial be­fore a Fed­eral high Court in Abuja.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the ve­hi­cles which ranged from Mercedes Benz lux­ury cars to cam­paign buses and trucks were bought with the pro­ceeds of fraud.

The re­port added, “Adamu Mu’azu re­ceived ve­hi­cles worth N504, 500, 000 in­clud­ing a Benz G63 worth N45m be­tween May and Au­gust 2014.

“Se­con­dus re­ceived ve­hi­cles worth N310m. On June 28, 2013, he re­ceived a Benz G63 worth N36m; on April 8, 2014, he re­ceived two Toy­ota hilux ve­hi­cles worth N14m. On July 8, 2014, he re­ceived 10 hi­ace buses worth N90m while on Novem­ber 13, 2014, he re­ceived 15 hi­ace mid-roof buses worth N120m. he also re­ceived a N50m Range Rover Bi­og­ra­phy SUV.”

The re­port ac­cused Se­na­tor Bassey Ak­pan of re­ceiv­ing ve­hi­cles worth N303m from Omokore while he was the Akwa Ibom State Com­mis­sioner for Fi­nance as well as the Chair­man of the In­ter­min­is­te­rial Di­rect Labour Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee whose job was to en­sure that gov­ern­ment projects were com­pleted us­ing di­rect labour ap­proach to save some money for the state.

Two of Omokore’s com­pa­nies - Bay At­lantic En­ergy and Sa­hel En­ergy - were said to have re­ceived con­tracts from the com­mit­tee headed by Ak­pan.

The re­port added, “Se­na­tor Bassey Ak­pan re­ceived a BMW X5 BP worth N50m; an In­fin­ity QX56BP worth N45m; a Range Rover worth N40m; three Toy­ota hi­ace buses worth N27m; two Toy­ota hi­ace high-roof buses worth N16m, six Toy­ota hilux D cabin ve­hi­cles worth N42m as well as other ve­hi­cles worth N83m.

“he re­ceived the ve­hi­cles from Omokore while head­ing a com­mit­tee which was giv­ing con­tracts to the same Omokore.

“he has been in­vited on sev­eral oc­ca­sions but he has re­fused to show up. he was sup­posed to come to the EFCC of­fice on Mon­day (yes­ter­day) but he re­fused to come.”

But Se­con­dus has de­scribed the claim by the anti-graft agency as a black­mail and a con­tin­u­a­tion of what he de­scribed as me­dia trial.

he said there were plans to black­mail and dis­credit the main op­po­si­tion party and its lead­er­ship.

he how­ever said the plan would not work.

Se­con­dus, who spoke through his me­dia aide, Mr. Ike Abonyi, asked the agency or any­one with proof of the al­le­ga­tions to come to court.

Abonyi said, “Se­con­dus is al­ready in court on this mat­ter and that is all. It is a con­tin­u­a­tion of me­dia trial and black­mail.

“he has said he did not col­lect any money and he had chal­lenged any­one with con­trary proof to meet him in court and tes­tify against him.

“There’s no need to be talk­ing about a case pend­ing in court in the news­pa­pers. If the gov­ern­ment has any­thing to say, they should file it be­fore the court as de­manded.”

Also speak­ing, Se­con­dus told one of our cor­re­spon­dents that he knew that the gov­ern­ment would not stop at any­thing to tar­nish his im­age.

But he said that the move would fail.

he chal­lenged the gov­ern­ment to come out with the vouch­ers with which he was said to have signed, adding that such sig­na­ture would also be sub­jected to foren­sic anal­y­sis.

he said, “I never col­lected any money from any­where. I didn’t ask any­one to col­lect money for me as well and I didn’t sign any voucher to col­lect any money.

“It is pure black­mail which will never work. I have gone to court and I ex­pect them to chal­lenge me in court and come and tes­tify against me.

“If they are cook­ing up any­thing, with the aim of black­mail­ing me, it will fail. I know that the task of up­root­ing this non­per­form­ing gov­ern­ment would be hor­ren­dous. But God is al­ways on the side of the peo­ple.”

At­tempts to speak with Ak­pan proved abortive as he could not be reached for his re­ac­tion to the al­le­ga­tion as his tele­phone line in­di­cated that it was off when it was called on Mon­day night. he had yet to re­ply a text mes­sage sent to him as of the time this re­port was filed.

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