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Siemens scam: EFCC grills Olanrewaju

By Emman Ovuakporie

ABUJA—THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Wednesday, grilled former Minister of Communications, retired Gen. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, over his alleged role in the Siemens’ 17.5million Euros bribe scandal.

Olanrewaju who was Communications minister during the administration of the late Gen Sani Abacha, arrived the headquarters of the anti-graft agency at 12noon and was whisked to the Comission’s new interrogation centre.

Journalists who visited the centre met a brick wall as operatives prevented them from moving beyond the staircase.

A similar situation was observed, Monday, when newsmen were made to shuttle between the headquarters of the commission at Wuse 11 and the FCDA Complex at Area 11 where the Acting Chairman of  PDP Alhaji Mohammed Bello was interrogated and later released on administrative bail.

Vanguard gathered, however, that the new development was to shield them from journalists following the action of an overzealous driver to the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai who rammed his car into journalists last month.

Gen. Olanrewaju was one of three former ministers of communications invited for questioning by the anti-graft agency on the Siemens’s scandal.

Another former Communication Minister, Cornelius Adebayo, who was also summoned by the anti-graft commission, is yet to report following his letter that he was undergoing medical treatment at an unnamed Canadian hospital.

Chairperson of the commission, Mrs. Farida Waziri told journalists during the visit of Senator Smart Adeyemi, Tuesday, that all former Managing Directors of Nigerian Telecommunications, NITEL, and Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, that served when the bribe scandal was perpetrated would be invited for questioning over their roles in the scam.


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