EFCC detains ex-Finance Minister, Yuguda
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 12, 2016
A former minister of finance, Bashir Yuguda, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly benefiting in the twenty-three billion naira bribe which was distributed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
In a statement issued by the EFCC, the ex-minister was alleged to have been diverted N450 million out of the money. The money was said to have been used in bribing officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission during the 2015 presidential election.
Meanwhile, a civil society group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has requested the British authorities to extradite Alison-Madueke, to face trial in Nigeria. SERAP’s call came against the backdrop of the International Anti-corruption Summit in London which commences today. The group said in a statement in Lagos that the UK should not provide “sanctuary’’ for Nigerian corrupt public officials or condone their impunity.