EFCC makes significant recoveries in North-east states

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, says it has recovered over N183.5 million  from politicians in Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba States, as part of campaign funds, illegally sourced and used during the 2015 general election.

Speaking to journalists in Gombe on the achievements of the agency in the four states between January and October, the Head of Operations of the anti-graft commission in the region, Aminu Ado Aliyu, said 73 million naira had been recovered from 130 staff of the electoral commission, who were involved.

“ A total of 130 INEC staff drawn from 3 states, namely; Gombe, Taraba and Adamawa states, have been interrogated and will soon be charged to court for corruption involving the sum of 73 million bribe during the 2015 polls. A breakdown shows that Gombe state has 26 staff involved, Adamawa has 86 and Taraba 18, respectively. We have also recovered the sum mentioned above from the INEC staff,” said Aliyu.

He also said N968 million had also been recovered from a wonder bank, known as Graceland Real Option, which promised customers mouth watering interest on deposits.

“This is a wonder bank operating in Gombe without license and promising mouth watering interest on deposits. It was uncovered based on intelligence reports, but successfully smashed through the arrest of their staff and recovery of N968, 000, 050, ” Aliyu said.

The anti-graft agency also said 325 million naira had been recovered from individuals in the region within the period under review.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said that, it had also recovered two plots of land and two residential buildings in Gombe State.

Aliyu listed the high profile cases it was handling at the moment to include the arrest of former public officers in the region.