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$115m scam: Ex-Gov Yero, Jonathan’s private secretary in EFCC net


Ex-Gov Yero, Jonathan’s private secretary in EFCC net

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC]  has detained former Kaduna State governor, Ramalan Yero.

Yero was picked up and questioned, yesterday; May 17.

He is being interrogated over the $115 million released by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke.

It is alleged that the said $115 million was shared ahead of the 2015 presidential poll under the oversight of past president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Former governor Yero allegedly received N700 million of the sum and shared to himself and other top officials of Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren has confirmed the arrest and detention in its Kano zonal office.

The former governor was arrested in Kaduna on Monday and thereafter taken to the Kano office of the EFCC where he is being interrogated. 

According to sources, His arrest followed confessions of two top party officials:

– Nuhu Wya (former Minister of State for Power) and,

– Haruna Gaya (PDP chairman in Kaduna State).

They had told investigators that they actually handed over the cash to the ex-governor. 

Our sources further revealed that Yero admitted collecting the N700 million cash.

However, he said it was distributed according to agreed formula to the 23 local government areas of the state.

As at press time, the former governor is still very much a guest of the anti-graft agency.

Another principal figure arrested is former Principal Private Secretary to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Hassan Tukur, by EFCC operatives. 

According to PUNCH, Tukur is being questioned in Abuja on his alleged offence relating to money he reportedly spent in a botched ceasefire deal with Boko Haram leaders in a neighbouring country in 2014. 

Although the amount was not disclosed, investigators said they needed Tukur to shed light on other receipts from the office of the National Security Adviser which are significant. 

Many key players in the previous administration have been hauled into custody to refund huge sums of money which they reportedly collected from taxpayers’ funds for personal gains. 

Many of them have already been charged to court while those who have made refunds have been freed by the anti-corruption agency, EFCC.

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