- Pius Anyim has now been with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for over twenty-four hours
- The former secretary to the government of the federation is alleged to have been involved in N780m fraud
- He is being grilled in connection with a fund which was traced to a company in which he was a director
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, has spent the second night in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja, where he was being held since Sunday afternoon in connection with the ongoing probe of a former Aviation Minister, Senator Stella Oduah.
Anyim, who responded to an invitation from the anti-graft agency in respect of a N780 million aviation ministry’s fund, has been held since Sunday afternoon.
The former Senate President was grilled on Sunday for several hours in connection with the fund which was traced to a company in which he was a director.
Sources said Anyim, who was Senate President between 2000 and 2003, would be released after the investigators are satisfied with his responses to the series of questions put to him in respect to the slush fund.
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A senior officer said, “The former SGF is still with us answering some hard questions on how the N780m found its way into his company’s account.
“He is cooperating but we would only release him on bail after he has provided satisfactory answers to our queries.”
The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, did not respond to calls for detailed update on the case.
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The slush funds were said to have been used to buy choice property including a property belonging to a subsidiary firm.
The affected sum, which was kept under wraps, was being trailed by EFCC crack detectives since April when it launched its investigation.
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