Sunday, November 19, 2017

Return N520m collected from Dasuki or face trial, EFCC tells Anyim




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has given a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Pius Anyim , the option of returning the N520m he allegedly collected from a former National Security Adviser, Col . Sambo Dasuki ( retd. ), or be prosecuted for money laundering.

It was learnt that Anyim , who is also a former Senate President, was still in the EFCC custody on Saturday and might remain there until investigations reach a logical conclusion .

A source at the EFCC said , “ Anyim collected N 520m from Dasuki on the eve of the presidential election in March, 2015 . We have asked him to return the money . That is our primary goal . Let him tell us how he intends to pay back. ”.

The source explained that the commission was not in a hurry to release Anyim on self -recognizance as he was known to shun invitations.

He added, “ Anyim had , in the past , shunned invitations by the National Assembly and even the EFCC . He is not the type to be granted unconditional bail. ”.

Meanwhile , it was learnt that the EFCC had invited companies that received contracts during Anyim ’ s tenure.

Anyim was also accused of awarding contracts to some companies linked to him through which ecological funds were allegedly diverted.
The companies include Foundation Years Limited , Precious Integrated, Precious Petroleum , Mak & Mak, Chap Construction, Eldyke Engineering, Pryke Limited , Chipa Nigeria Limited , Prima A 11 Limited , Pima International, Chanto Engineering, Ishiagu Microfinance Bank, Mulak Ventures , Vitro Engineering and Tip Top Nigeria.

The source added, “ Anyim was SGF from May 2011 to May 29 , 2015. During this period, specifically May 2012 to May 2015 , the SGF Ecological Fund Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria received an inflow of N 58 , 146, 983, 677. 85 .

“ From this fund , three of the companies linked to Anyim – Foundation Years, Obis Associate and Eldyke Engineering – received contracts worth over N13 bn . Foundation Years alone received a net payment of N 10 , 308, 017, 838. 85 between 2014 and 2015.

“ Curiously, on receiving the fund, Foundation Years and another Anyim company , Br-Kthru made several transfers to 37 entities. Some of the organisations and individuals have no nexus at all with ecological issues. Investigators are probing the reasons behind the wild disbursement . ”

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