-EFCC reveals how Taraba elections N45million campaign funds were shared
- Ikenya and Mark Promises to refund the money
The Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC has revealed how the former Acting Governor of Taraba State, Senator Sani Danladi Abubakar, a former Minister from the State and Speaker of the State House of Assembly shared four hundred and fifty million naira campaign funds for the reelection of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
An impeccable source from the EFCC zonal office where the investigation was carried out told newsmen in Gombe yesterday that Senator Sani Danladi Abubakar, who represents Taraba North was the Chairman of the sharing committee of the funds alongside the former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Joel Ikenya Danlami and former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mark Bako Useni.
According to investigation carried out by the EFCC, the trio played a very prominent role in the collection and sharing of the funds. He explained that Joel Ikenya and Mark Useni signed and collected the fund from Fidelity Bank on behalf of the State before proceeding to the Taraba State Government House to distribute the fund.
He said during the interrogation, Joel Ikenya and Mark Useni claimed they distributed the money to the sixteen Local Government Areas of the State. He said they confessed to have given one hundred and forty million (N140m), that is, twenty-eight million naira each (N28m) to five Local Government Areas while two hundred and sixty four million (N264m), that is, twenty-four million naira each (N24m), went to the remaining local government areas.
He said Useni admitted collecting the funds of Takum Local Government from the N24m on behalf of the Local Government Area. According to the EFCC source, they confessed to have personally benefited individually from the funds as the former minister admitted to have taken four million naira from the fund and presented a Guarantee Trust Bank draft of two million while promising another draft for the same amount on the same day.
On his part, the former Speaker deposited a draft from Stanbic IBTC for one million naira and promised that the balance would be paid later. He stressed that the Commission investigators have vowed to go after the chair of the sharing committee in order to recover his personal share of the fund adding that the EFCC has intensified its investigation of all gravy funds with the aim of recovering as much from the beneficiaries. He said the funds came from the N23 billion Mrs. Allison Madueke set up for the presidential election of 2015.