Thursday, February 25, 2016 8:17 am
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Prince Uche Secondus, the deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party over oil proceeds that ought to have been paid into Nigerian treasury, but rather diverted into buying luxury cars for the party’s big wigs.
According to reports, revelations about the sordid, criminal diversion were made to the EFCC by Jide Omokore, an associate of former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Omokore has been in EFCC detention since last week.
Twenty three vehicles were bought by Omokore and the recipient was Secondus.
“Our operatives stumbled on these records in the course of going through the Strategic Alliance Agreements (SAAs) with the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC). We have quizzed Secondus for about eight hours and he has made a statement. But we are yet to admit him to bail until the investigation gets to a convenient bend,” an EFCC source was quoted to have said.
Meanwhile the EFCC has been crying wolf over the detention of its leader.
The party’s National Legal Adviser Victor Kwon decried what he called ” the oppressive and unfair treatments against its key leaders by the Federal Government.”
He said the arrest was part of APC’s agenda to decimate the opposition.
”We are also aware that plans have been perfected by the Federal Government to arrest and detain the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio and other leaders of the party on imaginary charges.
”Indeed, intelligence available to the party shows that the Federal Government, using its various agencies, is bent on destroying any opposition to the ruling party as all indications show that the government is more interested in humiliating the PDP than fighting corruption.
”Finally, we state that this war on the PDP and its leaders has indeed gone too far. It has now become a mockery of democratic practice.”