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Emmanuel Uduaghan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun investigation into the roles Emmanuel Uduaghan, the ex-governor of Delta state, and Ndudi Elumelu, a former federal lawmaker, played in the poll bribery scandal.

The anti-graft agency also grilled David Edevbie, a former Delta state commissioner for finance, and Chief Edwin Uzor, a former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, for their alleged roles in the $115m (N23bn) funds allegedly disbursed by Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources, during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

Speaking with The Punch, the EFCC detectives revealed that the ‘Delta share’ of the money was N450m.

“During interrogation at the Port Harcourt office of the EFCC, we were told that the money was N450m and it was received through the Nnebisi branch of Fidelity Bank, Delta state, and handed over to Uduaghan for disbursement to the local governments during the 2015 general elections.

“The next step will be to quiz Uduaghan so that he can explain his own side of the story. They will be in court as soon as investigations are completed,” they said.

Investigating the fraud in the oil sector, the anti-graft agency discovered that Diezani allegedly deposited $115m into Fidelity Bank through four companies.

She was alleged to have given $26m cash to Nnamdi Okonkwo, the managing director of the bank, before the presidential election.

EFCC authorities alleged that the $115m was used to bribe officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The commission has already arrested over 20 INEC officials and quizzed some former governors, including Liyel Imoke, the ex-governor of Cross River state, and Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state.
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