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EFCC: Secondus took cars worth N310m from Omokore and N250m cash from Dasuki

 

Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), received a total of N250 million in cash in two installments from Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser, in 2015, according to a report by the EFCC.

This is in response to Secondus’ denial that has received any money from Dasuki, neither did he direct anybody to receive money on his behalf.

Secondus’ name featured in the ‘looters list’ released by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, but he has since taken the matter to court, accusing the Federal Government of libel.

But, according to the EFCC report sighted by Punch, “Uche Secondus received N200m in cash from the ONSA (Office of the National Security Adviser) with voucher 0244.

“His Special Adviser, one Chukwurah, signed for the money on his behalf on February 2, 2015. Earlier, he had collected N50m which was personally received by him on November 7, 2014.

“The funds were approved by Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) for unknown reasons but were merely referred to as ‘special duties.’”

Also the report said the trio of Secondus, Adamu Mu’azu, former PDP National Chairman and Bassey Akpan, a PDP senator, received cars worth N1.1 billion from Babajide Omokore, an oil billionaire who is also currently standing corruption trial.

Secondus’ share of the car ‘gifts’ included a Range Rover Biography SUV worth N50 million, a Benz G63 worth N36 million, 15 Toyota Hiace mid-roof buses worth N120 million, 10 Toyota Hiace buses worth N90 million, and two Toyota Hilux vehicles worth N14 million.

In all, Secondus received vehicles worth N310 million from Omokore between June 2013 and November 2014.

Mu’azu allegedly took delivery of vehicles worth a total of N504.5 million between May and August 2014, while Akpan received vehicles worth N303 million during his time as Commissioner for Finance in Akwa Ibom State, and later Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee.

Among the vehicles collected by Akpan were: “a BMW X5 BP worth N50 million; an Infinity QX56BP worth N45 million; a Range Rover worth N40 million; three Toyota Hiace buses worth N27 million; two Toyota Hiace High-roof buses worth N16 million, six Toyota Hilux D cabin vehicles worth N42 million, as well as other vehicles worth N83 million”.

“He (Akpan) has been invited on several occasions but he has refused to show up. He was supposed to come to the EFCC office on Monday (yesterday) but he refused to come,” an unnamed EFCC told reporters.

When contacted, Ike Abonyi, media aide to Secondus, said the matter was already in court and that the Federal Government should present its evidence in court if it has any.

“There’s no need to be talking about a case pending in court in the newspapers,” he said. “If the government has anything to say, they should file it before the court as demanded.”

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