EFCC re-arrests and detains former Governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today re –
arrested the former governor of Imo State Achike Udenwa in
connection with alleged campaign scandal at the last presidential
election. Udenwa as a State Co-ordinator for The Presidential
Campaign Organisation in Imo State was said to have collected
the sum of N350,000,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Million Naira
Only) from the former senator representing Kaduna South and
Director of Finance for the PDP presidential campaign
organisation, Nenadi Usman.

The suspect, in his statement to the Commission admitted
receiving the money via Diamond Bank account No.0058805692
and 005950791 respectively on the 14th and 28th of January 2015 in three separate instalments. He added that the money came from a company named Joint Trust Dimension Limited. This same company was charged alongside MrS Nenadi Usman and the
Media Director of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation,
Femi Fani Kayode before Federal High Court Lagos on a similar
allegation.

Investigation however revealed that Achike Udenwa and one Viola
Onwuliri, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and State Minister for
Education, who was his deputy at the Presidential Campaign
Organization were the two signatories to the Diamond Bank
account that received the money.

Upon his arrest, Udenwa was immediately granted administrative
bail by the commission with condition that he should be reporting
to the commission at an appointed time. But while enjoying his
administrative bail, Udenwa chose to deliberately skip reporting,
thereby compelling the commission to revoke his administrative
bail pending his arraignment soon.

Achike Udenwa was a governor of Imo State under the flagship of
People’s Democratic Party between 1999 and 2007 and became a
minister of Commerce and Industry between 2008 and 2010 under Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

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