Money Laundering: Go After Yahaya Bello Now, PDP Tells EFCC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately commence investigation on Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, over revelations of billions of naira money laundering by an anti-graft body, the Anti-Corruption Network.
This is as the PDP also calls on Governor Bello to speak out on allegations of putrid deals including allegedly using certain officials of the Kogi state government as well as private individuals and firms to siphon, launder and cart away billions of naira meant for the development of Kogi state.
A statement from the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said the party asserts that the revelations by Anti-Corruption Network ostensibly explain why the people of Kogi state have been impoverished and why no concrete development has taken place since the emergence of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state.
Ologbondiyan urged Governor Yahaya Bello to provide answers to revelations made by the anti-graft body, which is in the public domain, that he has been laundering billions of naira in several tranches through the award of contracts to "non-legal persons" as well as "inactive companies" with no transaction descriptions and due process certification.
He said the Governor should answer to revelations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he laundered over N3.7 billion through one Abdulsalami Hudu; in addition to billions of Naira allegedly laundered through other individuals including certain, Umar Comfort, Jimoh Aminu, Philip Salau, Bello Ibrahim among others.
He also implored Governor Bello to answer to allegations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he siphoned billions of Naira through the award of contracts, without due process, to Southbridge Integrated Services Limited to the tune of N624 million, in addition to five other companies which allegedly got between N22 million N129 million respectively.
PDP called on EFCC, under its new leadership, to immediately commence investigation by inviting all those mentioned in the report as well as prosecute any individual or company indicted in the matter.
The party also urges the EFCC to equally commence investigation on the activities of Governor Yahaya Bello as well as the books of his administration, with a view to prosecuting him immediately he leaves office at the end of his tenure if indicted.