EFCC probes N4b deposits in ex-minister’s account



Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigators have discovered that about N4billion was channeled through the account which former Finance Minister Mrs. Nenadi Usman operated for  campaign funds purposes, it was learnt at the weekend.

The account is titled “Joint Trust Dimension Nigeria Limited”. A substantial part of the funds was disbursed to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains ahead of last year’s general elections.

Mrs Usman, who has been detained since last Thursday,  is being interrogated by operatives of the anti-graft agency in Lagos.

An EFCC source said: “Mrs Usman was asked to report in our Lagos office so as to be able to secure a remand warrant which will assist us to interact with her.

“There are many issues which she ought to respond to but there is a subsisting directive given to FCT courts to stop granting remand warrant to EFCC. If the anti-graft agency does not detain for  a while, the ongoing investigation will be disrupted.

“The EFCC is not after perpetual detention but it needs time to dig into facts available to it. For instance, the account provided by Nenadi Usman had over N4billion from different depositors, including individuals and organisations.  The list of those who made funds available ought to be screened by the EFCC.”



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