EFCC arrests former Akwa Ibom governor over Diezani’s $115million racket

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, over allegation of receiving N450million from the $115million former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, deposited with Fidelity Bank Plc.

PREMIUM TIMES reports that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who last year said Nigerians will regret voting President Muhammadu Buhari, was arrested on Monday in Port- Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The online platform quoted an EFCC source as saying Nkanga was alleged to have collected the money in two tranches, from one Saint-Anthony Ejiowu, a staff of Fidelity Bank in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

The first tranche of the money – N350million was paid to the politician on March 27, 2015.

Nkanga allegedly received the second tranche of N100million on March 31, 2015.

“He is in the custody of the EFCC and would be charged to court soon,” an official said.

Nnamdi Okonkwo, who was managing director of Fidelity Bank at the time the transactions took place, was sacked last week.

EFCC operatives have also quizzed Yemi Adeola and Herbert Wigwe, chief executive officers of Sterling Bank and Access Bank respectively for allegedly assisting Alison-Madueke launder part of the fund handed to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to influence outcome of the 2015 presidential poll.