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N500m Paris Club cash recovered from governor

Four more suspects have been grilled over the investigation of the N19billion illegally deducted from the London-Paris Club loan refund.

Besides, about N500million of the cash has been traced to the account of a governor.

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives are probing how the money, which was meant to pay a consultant, found its way into the yet unnamed governor’s account.

President Muhammadu Buhari will soon get an interim report on the scandal, The Nation learnt yesterday.

Seven governors allegedly played key roles in diverting part of the N388.304billion refund into two accounts opened by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

The EFCC is investigating the scam.

A source, who pleaded not to be named because he is not allowed to speak on the matter, said: “In spite of the protestation of some governors, the EFCC has decided to conclude the ongoing probe of the N19billion diverted from the loan refund.

“Detectives have grilled four more suspects and retrieved bank details on how funds were wired into some accounts.

“EFCC operatives traced about N500million, which was meant for a consultant, to the account of a governor. The cash has since been paid back after the discovery.

“The operatives are trying to determine whether or not the governor is also one of the consultants engaged for advisory service by the NGF.

“The details of how the refunds were diverted will soon be made public, especially those involved,” the source said.

The Nation March 14, 2017

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