The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Imo State Governor, Achike Udenwa, for allegedly receiving N350million from the Director of Finance of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Senator Nenadi Usman, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential elections.
The money was said to have been part of the N4billion that emanated from the imprest account of the Office of the National Security Adviser domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN)
The EFCC said Udenwa who served as the Imo State coordinator of the campaign organisation, admitted in his statement of oath that he received the money via Diamond Bank account 0058805692 and 005950791 respectively on January 14 and January 28, 2015 in three separate installments.
Udenwa explained that he and a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, who was his deputy at the presidential campaign organisation, were the two signatories to the Diamond Bank account that received the money.
Investigations revealed that the money came from a company named Joint Trust Dimension Limited which is said to be owned by Usman.
This same company was charged alongside Usman and the Media Director of the campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, before a Federal High Court in Lagos on a similar allegation.
An EFCC source said
“Upon his arrest, Udenwa was immediately granted administrative bail by the commission with condition that he should be reporting to the commission at an appointed time. But while enjoying his administrative bail, Udenwa chose to deliberately skip reporting, thereby compelling the commission to revoke his administrative bail pending his arraignment soon.”
Udenwa, who also served as Minister of Commerce and Industry between 2008 and 2010 under Jonathan, had told our correspondent during an interview that he indeed received the money but never knew that it emanated from the ONSA.