The Monetary and Budgetary Wrongdoings Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday affirmed it confined a serving representative for purportedly getting a few vehicles esteemed at over N1.1 billion from an oil big shot right now standing preliminary for money related violations.
The representative, Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa Ibom Focal) was an official for account under the Godswill Akpabio organization. He is the present Executive, Senate Council on Gas (Upstream).
EFCC representative, Wilson Uwujaren, who affirmed the capture, said Mr Akpan was arrested on Tuesday after the administrator dodged capture for a while.
Mr Uwujaren did not give further subtleties on the capture. Likewise, he disclosed when the legislator would be charged to court or discharged on safeguard.
In any case, a source near the commission, who does not need his name revealed, disclosed to PREMIUM Occasions that Mr Akpan was kept to empower him clarify his job in the disputable receipt of the vehicles.
The vehicles, the greater part of which included top range extraordinary models, were purportedly gotten from the CEO of Atlantic Vitality and Sahel Vitality, Jide Omokore, in front of the 2015 presidential surveys.
Mr Omokore, a nearby partner of previous President Goodluck Jonathan, is right now being blamed by the administration for association in a $3 billion vital coalition pipeline contract by the Nigerian National Oil Company (NNPC).
VP Yemi Osinbajo as of late blamed Mr Omokore for working with ex-oil serve Alison-Madueke and partner, Kola Aluko, to dupe the NNPC of the $3 billion and neglecting to pay the compulsory eminences and duties to government.
Mr Omokore has since denied the allegations through his legal advisor, R. A. Lawal-Rabana, who said his customer did not connive with anyone to take $3 billion as claimed by the administration.
“As advice engaged with speaking to Jide Omokore in court, we wish to express that the connection between Jide Omokore’s organization, Atlantic Vitality with NNPC/NPDC is all around reported as a business exchange of which there has been part execution. There is not all that much or false about the exchange,” Mr Lawal-Rabana said.
Be that as it may, an EFCC report on the issue blamed the beset official for getting vehicles worth N303 million from Mr Omokore while he filled in as the Akwa Ibom State Chief for Fund.
The report likewise blamed him for getting the vehicles in his ability as the Executive of the Between ecclesiastical Direct Work Planning Advisory group in charge of guaranteeing the consummation of government extends through direct work as a cost sparing system for the state.
Consequently, two of Mr Omokore’s organizations – Cove Atlantic Vitality and Sahel Vitality – were said to have profited by contracts from Mr Akpan’s council.
“Congressperson Bassey Akpan got a BMW X5 BP worth N50m; an Interminability QX56BP worth N45m; a Range Meanderer worth N40m; three Toyota Hiace transports worth N27m; two Toyota Hiace High-rooftop transports worth N16m, six Toyota Hilux D lodge vehicles worth N42m just as different vehicles worth N83m,” the counter unite office report said.
“He got the vehicles from Omokore while heading an advisory group which was offering contracts to the equivalent Omokore. He has been welcomed on a few events, however he wouldn’t appear. He should go to the EFCC office on Monday, yet he cannot,” the report included.
The EFCC said the vehicles, which ran from Mercedes Benz extravagance autos to crusade transports and trucks, were gained with the returns of misrepresentation.
Aside from Mr Akpan, the EFCC report said Adamu Mu’azu, a previous PDP administrator, additionally gotten vehicles esteemed at about N504.5 million, including a Mecedez Benz G63, esteemed at N45 million among May and August 2014.
The report said the present director of the PDP, Uche Secondus, likewise gotten vehicles worth N310 million from agent.
On June 28, 2013, the EFCC said Mr Secondus got a Benz G63 worth N36 million, aside from two Toyota Hilux vehicles worth N14 million he got on April 8, 2014.
“On July 8, 2014, he (Secondus) got 10 Hiace transports worth N90 million, while on November 13, 2014, he got 15 Hiace mid-rooftop transports worth N120 million. He additionally got a N50 million Territory Meanderer Life story SUV,” the report included.
Be that as it may, Mr Secondus has denied the charges against him.
He as of late documented an application in Port Harcourt, which limited the national government or any of its specialists, including the Clergyman of Data, Lai Mohammed, from including his name among the arrangements of treasury thieves, the legislature says it is discharging in arrangement.