A former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, James Bala Ngilari, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the N450million poll bribery funds allocated to the state by ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Ngilari’s detention was sequel to a warrant secured by the anti-graft agency yesterday to keep him in custody.
The former minister is accused of spending about $115million oil cash (N23.29billion) on poll bribery scam.
The commission also quizzed Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Hassan Adamu (Wakilin Adamawa), who was a co-signatory to the collection of the cash.
The former Nigerian Ambassador reportedly acknowledged his involvement at the stage of signing to receive the money but he did not take part in its sharing, neither did he personally benefit from the funds.
Adamu claimed the cash was taken in a bullion van to the Adamawa Government House where it was handed over one Hamman, the then Chief of Staff to Ngilari and the Accountant to the Government House, Mrs. Aisha Waziri.
He said based on Acting Governor Ngilari’s instructions, the duo of Waziri and Hamman were made custodians of the cash.
An EFCC source said when confronted with these details when the former Adamawa acting governor visited the commission’s zonal office in Gombe yesterday, he denied authorizing his former aides to take custody of the funds.
“But we need to dig more. Already, a detention order had been signed and most likely, he would spend the night in EFCC custody”, the source added.