Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have launched a massive manhunt for former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode over the N2.5 billion withdrawn from the account of the National Security Office in 2015.
The EFCC arrested Wednesday former Imo state Governor Achike Udenwa, one of the beneficiaries of the money, meant for arms purchase but diverted to fund former president Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign.
Fani-Kayode got N840million of the money, the largest. The money was paid in three tranches into his Zenith Bank, Maitama branch account with No.1004735721.
The balance on this account as at 31st December, 2015 was N189, 402.72.
In his response in the past to the unfolding scandal, he said he got the cash for campaign purposes and that he rendered and account of how it was spent. He never knew the source of the cash, he said.
“All attempts by our operatives to locate the whereabouts of Mr. Fani-Kayode have failed because he has not only switched off his phones, he has virtually gone underground,” an EFCC source told TheNation newspaper.
“We will fish him out wherever he is. Having been watch-listed by the EFCC, he cannot hide for long ,”the EFCC official said.
The Goodluck Support Group got N320million; Achike Udenwa and Viola Onwuliri N350million; Nenadi Usman N140million; Olu Falae N100m and Okey Ezenwa N100million.
Of the six people implicated in the scandal, Nenadi Usman, a former minister of state for finance has been interrogated by detectives.
Mrs Usman, who was granted administrative bail on health grounds, is expected for more interrogation in Lagos this week. She was said to have refunded N140 million. She signed an undertaking to make more refunds and forfeit two houses to the government.