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N24bn poll cash: EFCC quizzes Chime, ex-Enugu Gov over N450m

I gave money to my Special Duties Com —Chime

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

Former Enugu State governor, Sullivan Iheanachor Chime, has been quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in connection with the $115 million cash allegedly disbursed by Fidelity Bank on the instruction of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the re-election bid of the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to competent EFCC sources, Chime reported at the Enugu zonal office of the commission in response to invitation to explain his role in the disbursement of N450 million share which the state received from the poll cash.

Gov. Chime
 Chime

The former governor in his statement, denied any personal involvement with the disbursement of the said amount as was claimed by Mrs. Rita Chinelo Mba , secretary to the campaign office and his former Commissioner for Special Duties and   Inter-Governmental Affairs.

According to Chime, the money was brought by two of his former commissioners, Joe Nmamnel and Mrs. Rita Mba, in company of chairman of the PDP, Enugu State, Ikeji Asogwa, and Prof. Osita Ogbu.

He further stated that he gave the money to his orderly for safe keep and that only Rita Mba should have access to it to facilitate her work as secretary of the campaign secretariat.

He denied personally disbursing the fund.

It would be recalled that the commission’s South East zone had on May 4,2016, invited and quizzed the former governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa, former Senator Chris Anyanwu, a legal luminary, Bar. Mike Ahamba , SAN, and Prof. Chinedum Nebo, former Minister of Power, for their involvement in an alleged N700 million disbursement from the same Dieziani Alison Madueke’s fund.

Chime is expected to report  on Monday  for further interrogation as further investigation is being carried out on the matter.


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