Micheal Ahamba, a former lawyer of President Muhammadu Buhari and former senator, Christy Anyanwu have been interrogated by the Economic and financial crimes commission over their involvement in the N23.29 billion poll bribery scandal.
Ahamba and Anyanwu were given N700 million by embattled former Fidelity bank MD, Nnamdi Okonkwo. The remaining N500 million was given to the chairman of Cross River State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ntufam John Okon. He was arrested yesterday.
Ahamba and Anyanwu were both interrogated in the Enugu office of the EFCC. They both received the N700 million at the Ikenegbu Layout branch of Fidelity Bank, Owerri.Last week, the EFCC arrested the Fidelity bank MD for not reporting that receipt of a huge sum of cash totaling $115 million(N23.29 billion) from four oil companies and embattled petroleum minister, Diezani Madueke, to the commission as required by law. This has been denied by the bank as they say the amount was duly reported to the Nigerian Financial and Intelligence Unit, NFIU.
Investigations show that Diezani summoned the bank chief to her home in Abuja and told him to get ready to receive a huge sum of money in foreign currency from four oil companies, convert the cash to Naira and pay them to certain beneficiaries on her behalf.
A day after the instruction from the ex-petroleum minister, four companies stormed the bank with various amounts of cash in dollars and were promptly received by Okonkwo. A breakdown of the funds given by the EFCC shows that Laitan Adesanya paid $1.35million, Actus Integrated paid in $17,884,Midwestern Oil and Gas, $9.5m,Northern Belt Gas Company paid in $60m .
Diezani paid in $26 million in cash herself. Shortly after paying in the cash, Diezani’s son, Ugonna, approached Okonkwo and delivered the list of beneficiaries of the cash as earlier instructed by his mother. He has since been declared wanted by the EFCC.