In a report by Punch, the Economic and Financial Commission named some of the individuals and public officials who allegedly collected bribe of various sums from the ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources to compromise the 2015 general elections.
On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the EFCC tendered a document before the Federal High Court in Lagos on stating that the public officials involved in the bribery mess.
Presenting his finding, EFCC investigator, Usman Zakari, told Justice Rilwan Aikawa that it was recovered from a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Dele Belgore, who is standing trial before for allegedly collecting N450m from Diezani and distributing same to beneficiaries in Kwara State.
Zakari, the second witness to be called by the EFCC in the trial, explained that Belgore volunteered the list to the EFCC when he was invited and interrogated by the anti-graft agency.
He also pointed out that Belgore endorsed the document with the title, “Security and Transportation per State,” stating: “document supplied by me, Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN).”
Equally, the EFCC exhibited another document recovered from Belgore also showing other beneficiaries.
The document simply titled “Kwara State” showed beneficiaries of a sum of N155,220,000 and the breakdown of what they got.
“My Lord, the mode of payment, as contained in Exhibit 7, is cash payment. The payments were not done through any financial institution,” Zakari said.
The two documents were tendered by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, and admitted in evidence as Exhibit 7 and 7A, against Belgore and Suleiman, as their lawyers, Ebun Shofunde (SAN) and Mr. Olatunji Ayanlaja (SAN), raised no objection.
In his evidence, Zakari told the court that the EFCC’s findings showed that the money was disbursed in cash to the beneficiaries.
The case was adjourned till July 7, 2017.