Breaking News: EFCC grills ex-Gov Chime over N450m Diezani funds

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Former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime
was on Wednesday grilled by detectives of the
EFCC over N450 million he allegedly received for
the 2015 presidential elections.
The money is said to be part of the $115 million
cash allegedly disbursed by Fidelity Bank on the
instruction of the former Minister of Petroleum
Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke during the
re-election bid of the former President Goodluck
Jonathan.
He was grilled at the Enugu office of the anti-
graft body for several hours before he was let go,
but with a proviso to report back on Monday.
Sources at the commission said that Chime
admitted to collecting the funds, but said that he
handed it over to the Secretary of the campaign
office, Mrs. Rita Mba, who was also the state’s
Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-
Government Affairs.

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“According to Chime, the money was brought by
two of his former commissioners, Joe Nmamnel
and Mrs Rita Mba, in company with the
Chairman of the PDP, Enugu State, Ikeji Asogwa,
and Prof. Osita Ogbu.
“He further stated that he gave the money to his
orderly for safe keep and that only Rita Mba
should have access to it to facilitate her work as
secretary of the campaign secretariat. He denied
personally disbursing the fund,” the source
added.
Chime now joins a list of politicians from the
south east region of the country who have been
called up to account for their alleged roles in the
disbursement of the campaign funds, said to
have been shared by Diezani.
It would be recalled that former Governor of Imo
State, Achike Udenwa; Senator Chris Anyanwu, a
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ahamba; and a
former Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo,
have been quizzed for their alleged role in the
handling of N700m from the Diezani fund.

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