The Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) on Thursday told a Federal High Court in Lagos that security operatives from the police, Department of State Security and the Nigerian Army collected part of the alleged $115 million bribe shared by the immediate past former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, during the 2015 elections.
In a document tendered by the anti-graft agency before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday, it stated that the Resident Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Kwara State at the time received N1m cash.
A document tendered before the court also claimed that the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State at the time received N10m cash, and the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations got N2m cash.
Similarly, both the Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of operations and administration in Kwara State received N1m cash each, the anti-graft commission claimed.
The document also showed that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kwara State for the 2015 general elections was also given a cash of N10m, while the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Administrative Secretary in Kwara State at the time received N5m cash.
Other beneficiaries of the alleged bribe in Kwara State listed by the EFCC were: the OC Mopol and “his men”, who were paid N7m; 21c Mopol and men in the state, who got N10m; the Director of the DSS and his men, who got N2.5m.
The military in Kwara State was bribed with N50m, while other security agencies including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Road Safety Corps got N20m.
Also the INEC Head of Department, Operations and “his boys” were given N5m, while “other officers” received and shared N2m among themselves.
Usman Zakari, a detective with the EFCC, who brought the document to court, told the judge Rilwan Aikawa that it was recovered from a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Dele Belgore, the Punch reports.
Belgore is standing trial before the court for allegedly collecting N450m from Diezani and distributing same to beneficiaries in Kwara State.
The EFCC accused him of handling the money in cash without going through any financial institution, an act said to be an offence under sections 1(a), 16(d), 15(2)(d) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.
Standing trial along with Belgore for the offence is a former Minister of National Planning, Prof Abubakar Suleiman.
The SAN and the don were arraigned on charges of money laundering on February 8, 2017 but they pleaded not guilty.
Zakari told the court that Belgore volunteered the list to the EFCC when he was invited and interrogated by the anti-graft agency.
He said Belgore’s endorsement on the document titled read, “Security and Transportation per State,” stating: “document supplied by me, Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN).”
The EFCC also presented other documents recovered from Belgore also showing other beneficiaries.
The document simply titled “Kwara State” showed beneficiaries of a sum of N155,220,000 and the breakdown of what they got.
Among them were 15 electoral officers who each received, 250,000; 15 supervisors, who got N100,000 each; the state Returning Officer, who got N1m, among others.