EFCC Arrests Ex-Governor Ramalan Yero

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•Wike ordered me to collect N700m fund, says PDP Secretary

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited the former Governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero, for questioning for an undisclosed offence.

The EFCC Kano Zonal Office also apprehended the Kano State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in 2015 general election, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, over the N50 million taken by his Campaign Organization out of the N950 million allocated to Kano State.

The sources at the anti-graft agency said: “Takai, a former Commissioner, Ministry for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs under the Shekarau Administration whose name featured prominently last week when his Principal and former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Aminu Wali was interrogated by EFCC Operatives, confirmed receiving the said sum”.

In a related development, the Operatives of EFCC, have grilled the Rivers State Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Samuel Johnson Okpoko , for collecting the sum of N700 million (Seven Hundred Million Naira) from the controversial $115 milloon lodged with Fidelity Bank Plc, by the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison- Madueke

Okpoko who was the Rivers state’s PDP campaign coordinator in the 2015 Presidential Election, was alleged to have collected the sum of N700 million in two tranches of N600 million and N100 million respectively at the Trans Amadi branch of Fidelity Bank Plc, Port- Harcourt.

Investigations, according to the EFCC revealed that Okpoko cashed N600 million on March 27 and N100 million on March 31,2015.

The suspect was said to have explained how he became involved, Okpoko said he was instructed by the then PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike to go to the branch of Fidelity Bank to cash some money there.

“I was with my governor in his house sometime 27th day of March 2015, when he got a call and Chief Barrister Nyesom Wike after the phone call told me that the call was from Fidelity Bank and they have some money for him”, he said.

Okpoko is confirmed to be in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court soon.