EFCC interrogates Minimah, detains ex-minister

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday grilled a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah (retd.), Punch reports.

According to the newspaper, the agency also detained a former Minister of State for FCT, Jumoke Akinjide.

Mininah who has been under investigation was said to have been grilled for six hours.

Minimah was reportedly invited to explain how $1,891,809,299.1bn allocated for arms procurement for the army during his tenure was spent.

A report issued by Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement had put Minimah and his predecessor, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.) under investigation.

Others indicted include a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs II, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, and three former permanent secretaries in the Ministry of Defence – Mr. Bukar Goni Aji, Mr. Haruna Sanusi and E.O. Oyemomi.

The panel also fingered some relatives or children of Ihejirika identified as: Raymond Ihejirika, Nkechi Ihejirika, Ndubuisi Ihejirika, Orji Ihejirika, Kingsley Ihejirika and Naomi Onyeabor.

The committee said two companies exclusively procured various types of Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles worth over N2bn for the Nigerian Army without any competitive bidding in 2011 and 2013.

The EFCC has also reportedly invited minister of aviation, Stella Oduah.

She was invited procuring two BMW vehicles while she was minister.

The former minister who is under investigation by the EFCC, had filed a suit against the EFCC, police and the Attorney General of the Federation asking the court to stop them from “inviting, arresting, investigating or prosecuting” her.

In a statement on Tuesday, the EFCC said former Minister of State for FCT, Jumoke Akinjide was detained in the commission’s custody.

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