The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has allegedly traced N400 million election bribe money to bank accounts of some firms and a charity organisation believed to be owned by Ebonyi Governor David Umahi.
According to The Nation, the accounts are those of Osborn La-Palm Royal Resort Ltd and Brass Engineering & Construction Nig. Ltd and David Umahi Faith Foundation.
The report said Umahi’s deputy, Fidelis Nwankwo, and a former minister, Ambassador Frank N. Ogbuewu have admitted to interrogators they benefitted from election bribe money, but said they acted on the governor’s instruction. It was also said the money was handed over to a branch of Access Bank in Abakaliki.
The EFCC had purportedly recovered N90m of the said loot, which was the share of the slush fund disbursed by the PDP to its Ebonyi state chapter for the failed re-election of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.