The Economic and Financial Crimes commission, EFCC, have seized two malls belonging to a serving INEC resident commissioner.
The INEC commissioner, Gesil Khan, and other INEC officers are being probed for bribe-for-results bribery during the 2015 general elections
An unexplained sum of N49 million was traced to Gesil’s account
A total of N23 billion was paid out by ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. N185, 842,000 went to Khan.
EFCC applied to a Federal High Court in Yenagoa for Interim Forfeiture Order of two malls owned by Gesil.
The order was granted yesterday.
Other beneficiaries of Deziani’s bribery largesse, including INEC and PDP officials, have so far refunded N503million to EFCC.
Recall that Of Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga ( rtd) of Akwa Ibom State refunded 200 million alone. A total of N450million was traced to him.
An EFCC source stated that “We have been able to trace two choice shopping malls in Yenagoa to the affected REC Khan.
“Following the development, we applied to a Federal High Court for Interim Forfeiture Order in line with sections 26 and 29 of the EFCC Act.
“The court has granted our prayers to seize the two malls and appoint managers to take care of the properties.
“She could not fully account for the source of N49 million traced to her account. We have frozen it.
“We are treating the money as likely proceeds of bribery or money laundering.
“The account will remain frozen until a court of law decides otherwise based on facts we will present during her trial.”
Gesil Khan is Cross Rivers State’s INEC commissioner. She, Fani Kayode, Nenadi Usman and others are being investigated for election bribery.
Details of how the cash was shared are: Gesil Khan (185 million); Fani-Kayode (N840million); Goodluck Support Group (N320million); Nenadi Usman (N140million); and Okey Ezenwa (N100million).
Allison Deziani’s name keeps popping up in several corruption cases, she has never been invited for questioning.
EFCC once sued her to court but mysteriously dropped all charges.