by Azeez Adeniyi
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested and detained a political ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, George Tunah, for allegedly stealing N2bn from the account of the Niger Development Commission (NDDC).
Turnah was alleged to have committed the crime between 2012 and 2015 when he was Special Adviser on Youths to the erstwhile Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr. Dan Abia.
Turnah is also widely known as a godson to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Head of Media and Publicity in the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren has confirmed the arrest of Turner.
He said his arrest was in connection with documents obtained from the suspect’s mansion and bank statements showing illegal inflow of over N2 billion.
Wilson said, “Turner was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in connection with alleged possession of funds running into N2 billion, suspected to be funds siphoned from the NDDC while serving there as an Adviser.
“Preliminary investigations by the EFCC threw up deposits made in his personal and company bank accounts in excess of N2 billion.
“A search conducted in his houses in Port Harcourt and Yenogoa, yielded useful documents.
“Turnah has made useful statements to the EFCC and will be arraigned as soon as investigations are concluded,” Wilson said.