EFCC invites Chime, Ex-PDP chieftains for Alleged N400m Campaign Fund

ChimeFormer Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sul­livan Chime, and some key members of his cabinet including  the People’s Democratic Par­ty (PDP) leaders, on Mon­day were guests of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Enugu.
It was  gath­ered that Chime was invit­ed by the commission to explain how his team han­dled the alleged N400 mil­lion PDP campaign fund for the state chapter of the par­ty during the 2015 general elections.
Sources which sought anonymity claimed that a member of the state PDP 2015 Campaign Organisa­tion, who felt cheated on how the funds were dis­bursed, petitioned the EFCC.
Chime drove himself to the Enugu office of the EFCC in Independence Layout in an Explorer Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), with registration number CV 950 ENU, at about 11.30am and spent less than 30 minutes in the EFCC premises. Thereafter, he went back to the driver’s seat of his car, already positioned by the only person who accompanied him to the place.
Before Chime made it to the EFCC office in Enugu yesterday, Chief Ikeje Asog­wa, the immediate past state chairman of the PDP, was there earlier and left.
Others who were at the EFCC’s office yesterday were Mr. Charles Egumgbe, the founding chairman of Enu­gu State PDP, who played keys roles in the party’s cam­paigns; and Hon. Gab Onu­zuluike, the immediate past chairman of Oji River Local
 Newsmen who were ea­ger to get explanations on Chime’s appearance at the EFCC office were disap­pointed as an official in the media office of the organisa­tion said he could not speak on the matter without clear­ance from Abuja.
Chime and his men also declined to comment on their presence at the EFCC office.
When the commis­sion’s spokesman, Mr. Wil­son Uwujaren, was contact­ed on the matter, he simply said that he was in Abuja and not Enugu.
Meanwhile, Uwujaren has explained why the com­mission freezes the accounts of suspects under investiga­tion. He said the action is a mandatory investigative step backed by law.
He said: “Indeed, Section 34 (1) of the EFCC Act 2004 empowers the commission to freeze any account suspect­ed of being used for finan­cial crimes.”
The section stipulates that, “the chairman of the commission or any offic­er authorised by him may, if satisfied that the money in the account of a person is made through the commis­sion of an offence under this Act or any enactment speci­fied under Section 6(2) (a)-(f) of this Act, apply to the court ex-parte for power to issue or instruct a bank ex­aminer or such other appro­priate authority to freeze the account.”
“Similar provision in the Money Laundering Prohibi­tion Act 2012 (as amended), also empowers the EFCC Chairman or his representa­tives to place a stop order on any account or transaction suspected to be involved in any crime,” he said.
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