Alleged N1trn disbursement: Kuku faults EFCC’s corruption charge

THE former special adviser to erstwhile President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on Niger-Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku has denied allegations of disbursement of over N1 trillion in the two weeks preceeding the last presidential election. Kuku A media report last week said that the wife of the former president, Patience Jonathan may soon be invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to explain her role in the sourcing and disbursement of the funds spent by the Presidency. The fund, estimated at over a trillion naira, was reportedly routed and disbursed through the Amnesty Office to some notable politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP.). Kuku, who was the chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, said the alleged investigation by the anti-graft agency into the funds was another calculated attempt to smear his name. Speaking through his media aide, Yemi Akintomide in Akure, Kuku said with the new move, it was clear enough that the EFCC was too much in a hurry to nail him on corruption charges through media trials, even when he has not appeared before the agency’s investigators. “I continue to wonder why the anti-graft agency would resort to unholy media campaigns and trials to nail me on corruption charges purportedly brought against me through yet-to-be investigated petitions said to be written against my person and former office. “If not driven by great misgivings, how could they come up with such grievous and wicked report about my person; but paraphrasing my identity, which clearly reveal the deliberate attempt by EFCC to link me with the so-called election funds. “The EFCC in its new trade, has thrown up another huge figure of one trillion naira election funds just to play on the sensibility of Nigerians, which in reality is just a figment of imagination of the anti-graft agency. “How in God’s name can an anti-graft agency want Nigerians to believe its newly unveiled huge fraud of N1 trillion in the hand of a single Nigerian when in actual fact, the whole budget for 2015 was a little above N4 trillion. So, where did the N1 trillion come from two months into the new fiscal year?. “Or how would you explain the statement credited to operatives of EFCC that my failure to return to the country has slowed down investigations of how the funds were sourced and disbursed because I allegedly disbursed the bulk of the money, which was not part of the funds allocated to Amnesty office. “During the period, as an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, my schedule of duty has nothing to do with the person or office of wife to the President or any leader of ruling PDP. “It is limited to managing the welfare package for over 30,000 ex-agitators from the nine states of Niger-Delta as stipulated in the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP.) Kuku reiterated his readiness to return home as soon as his doctors give him clean bill of health as he recuperates from a major knee surgery in the USA. He promised to honour the invitation of the EFCC as soon as he returned to the Country. Kuku urged; “The anti-graft agency should respect court injunctions and follow due process in investigating the alleged fraud levelled against me; thereby not forcing suspects in its custody to implicate me on the petitions before the agency.’’



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