N23bn Election Bribery Scandal: EFCC Arrests Former Kaduna Governor, Ramalan Yaro



Former governor of Kaduna state, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero was ypicked up by officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)on Monday, in connection with the $115 million released by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke, which was shared ahead of 2015 presidential poll.

Yero allegedly received N700 million which he shared to himself and other top officials of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. The anti graft agency has however asked that the money be returned to the Federal Government or face the law.

Confirming Yero’s arrest, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the former governor had been detained in its Kano zonal office by operatives, who had questioned him on why he received the money and went ahead to spend it.

The former governor, according to EFCC sources, was arrested in Kaduna, Monday, and taken to the Kano office of the EFCC where he is being interrogated. His arrest followed confessions of two top party officials, Nuhu Wya (former Minister of State for Power) and Haruna Gaya (PDP chairman in Kaduna State), to investigators that they actually handed over the cash to the ex-governor, reports Vanguard.

According to investigators, Yero, who admitted collecting the N700 million cash, however, said it was distributed according to agreed formula to the 23 local government areas of the state for the purpose of winning the last presidential election.

Meanwhile, former Principal Private Secretary to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Hassan Tukur, has also been arrested by operatives of the EFCC.

Vanguard reports that Tukur is being questioned in Abuja on his alleged offence relating to money he reportedly spent in a botched ceasefire deal with Boko Haram leaders in a neighboring country in 2014.

Although the amount was not disclosed, investigators said they needed Tukur to shed light on other receipts from the office of the National Security Adviser which are significant.





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