Diezani bribe: Ex-PDP Chairman, Sheriff pledges to return N40m

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ali Modu Sheriff, has agreed to return N40 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after being grilled for about seven and a half hours by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday.

Sheriff is believed to have benefited from the N24.29 billion election largesse disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Mohammed Wakil, the PDP campaign coordinator for Borno State, was questioned on June 6 and had revealed that the N450 million allocated to the state was shared between – Nicholas Msheliya, Peter Biye, Hon. Kudla satumaria, Hon. Ibrahim Birma, who all received the sum of N112, 340.000.00.

Hon. Kangar, through Dr. Kulima A.A received N88, 620.000.00 while Engr Mohammad Baba Kachalla, Hon. Kaamuna Khadi, Hon. Zarma Mustapha and Hon. Abdulrahman Tarab received the sum of 140,860.000.00 while N40m was allegedly given to Hon. Kumalia on behalf of Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.

After intensive questioning yesterday, Sheriff was given administrative bail by the operatives of the EFCC at its office in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Nation quotes a source to have said, “Based on previous interactions with some leaders of the PDP in Borno State, we isolated issues for him and asked him to respond to the allegation that he benefitted from the N450 million allocated to the state by Diezani as campaign funds.”

“One of the issues was the N40 million traced to him through Hon. Kumalia for security. Sheriff admitted receiving the cash and made a firm commitment to return it as soon as possible.”

“Based on Sheriff’s pledge, he was granted an administrative bail.”

Meanwhile, the Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren has confirmed the agency’s questioning of Sheriff.

“A former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Shariff, was grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Maiduguri zonal office on Wednesday for his involvement in sharing the sum of N40m. Investigation is ongoing as Shariff is answering questions in the EFCC office at the time of writing this report.”

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