Politics Saraki, Aides Indicted for Diverting N19bn Meant for Workers' Salary



The Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has sent a report to President Muhammadu Buhari indicting Senate President Bukola Saraki, his aides and one Mr. Robert Mbonu for diverting N19bn out of the N522bn Paris Club Refund.

The money which was released to the 36 states last December was meant for the payment of workers salaries and to take care of other issues.

Mr. Robert Mbonu is an ex Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, the commercial bank owned by the Saraki family which later liquidated.

Part of the report reads thus according to Punch:

“Based on the foregoing findings, it is clear that Robert Mbonu, the Managing Director of Melrose General Services Company and his company were used to help divert proceeds of unlawful activities under the guise of payment for contractual obligations with the Nigeria Governors Forum.

“Suffice to apprise that all payments received by Melrose General Services Company from the NGF have hitherto been diverted directly via cash withdrawals and indirectly through transfers by Gbenga Peter Makanjuola, Kolawole Shittu and Oladapo Joseph Idowu, who are principal aides to the Senate President.

“Furthermore, other payments from Melrose General Services Company have also been linked to companies that Dr. Bukola Saraki has interest in and carries out transactions with.

“This includes the sum of $183,000, which was transferred to Bhaska Devji Jewellers, Dubai, a company Dr. Bukola Saraki had repeatedly made payments to.

“Also, the sum of N200m was transferred to Wasp Networks Limited that subsequently transferred the sum of N170m to Xtract Energy Services Limited, a company that routinely made deposits into Dr. Saraki’s Access Bank US Dollar Domiciliary account.”

The report said additional investigations are still ongoing.

When contacted, Saraki's office said it would comment after it has sighted the report.

EFCC Spokesman Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that investigations were ongoing into the Paris Club scam.


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