‎N23bn Diezani poll cash: EFCC arrests ex-Gov Udenwa, asks him to account for N350m

By Soni Daniel
Abuja – More trouble came the way of former Imo Governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission swooped on him to account for the N350 million he signed and collected from Fidelity Bank ahead of last year’s presidential election.

Achike Udenwa
Achike Udenwa

EFCC operatives, who re-arrested him, confronted him with documents to prove that he collected the cash in three instalment from Nenadi Usman, who was the Director of Finance for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation.

The suspect, who served as the Imo State Coordinator for the Goodluck Campaign team, however admitted n his statement to the commission that he got the said cash from Diamond Bank account Nos.00 8805692 and 005950791 respectively on the 14th and 28th of January 2015 in three separate installments.

The former governor added that the money came from a company named Joint Trust Dimension Limited, which had already been charged alongside Mrs Nenadi Usman and the Media Director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani Kayode before the Federal High Court Lagos on a‎ similar allegation.

Investigation however revealed that Achike Udenwa and one Viola Onwuliri, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Minister for Education, who was his deputy at the Presidential Campaign Organisation, were the two signatories to the Diamond Bank account that received the money.

The former governor was however interrogated and granted administrative bail by the commission with a condition that he should be reporting to the commission at an appointed time.

But EFCC said yesterday that Udenwa flouted the terms of his bail by refusing to be reporting routinely as directed, thereby compelling the commission to revoke his administrative bail pending his arraignment soon.

Achike Udenwa was a governor of Imo State under the flagship of People’s Democratic Party between 1999 and 2007 and became a minister of Commerce and Industry between 2008 and 2010 under Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

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