A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, may soon be charged for money laundering by the EFCC for allegedly receiving N100m from the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation during the build-up to the 2015 general elections.
According to reports, the N100 million was withdrawn from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The said money was also allegedly handed over to Falae by the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih.
According to Punch, a document indicated that the commission would charge Falae with conspiracy to indirectly retain the sum of N100m “which he ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: stealing, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and punishable under Section 15(3) and 4 of the same Act.”
Falae had admitted to collecting N100m but denied any knowledge of the money coming from the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
A detective at the EFCC told Punch that Falae had been frequenting the EFCC office in Lagos in the last couple of weeks.
“Chief Falae has been reporting to our office every week to answer questions on the N100m he received from the Jonathan campaign organisation. We have told him to refund the money.
“But he said he received the money through Anenih and it was meant for campaign. However, investigations revealed that he deposited N60m into SDP’s account while he kept N40m.
“We told him that he should return the N40m, but he has not been forthcoming. We have no other option but to charge him to court.”
A spokesman for Falae, Alfa Mohammed, said Falae was usually grilled for eight hours without food or water.
He further said the money was used by the SDP to campaign for Jonathan, contrary to belief that Falae kept it for personal use.
He said, “The PDP wanted us to render a service and they gave us money, which we did by adopting and working for Jonathan. So, what is our business with arms deal?
“We never had contact with Dasuki. If you are given money to cook food for guests at a ceremony and after everyone has eaten, you are informed that the money given to you was stolen from CBN, would you tell all the guests to pay you?
“This is nothing but harassment. They want to distract us from the coming Ondo election which we are set to win. The SDP still owes Chief Falae N70m because we asked him to borrow N170m in anticipation that the PDP would pay, but the party gave us only N100m.
“The N100m came about three days to the election and chief had been spending money before then. He has fallen ill because of the intense interrogation in the EFCC office. The operatives usually grill him for eight hours without food or water. If they are probing party funds, let them start from the APC.”