Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus has admitted the receipt of 23 luxury cars from Jide Omokore, an oil baron and a business associate of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has also asked Secondus to refund the cost of the cars- N310 million- to the Federal Government, and he is reported to have agreed to do the needful.
In spite of Secondus’ willingness to return the funds, the anti-graft agency may not immediately release him, owing to the ongoing investigation into the full extent of his relationship with the oil baron.
A source was quoted by The Nation newspapers, to have said: “Secondus is still under interrogation because there are fresh clues we are looking into on how diverted oil receipts from the oil magnate were used for logistics for the PDP.”
“The Deputy National Chairman of PDP has admitted that he collected the 23 vehicles from the oil baron. At a point during the interrogation, Secondus voluntarily offered to return all the vehicles to EFCC. He said he was willing to retrieve the vehicles from the beneficiaries.”
“The EFCC has asked Secondus to refund N310million cash being the worth of the vehicles. We are actually not interested in the vehicles, as the value would have depreciated.”
“Oil revenue was used to buy these vehicles and we are demanding nothing but the N310million. It is left to the suspect to cooperate with our team.”
“We will keep Secondus in safe custody. Apart from making refunds, there are other clues we have which require more interaction with him.”
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