As at 5.24p.m yesterday, the former governor, who was invited by the EFCC, was still at the agency’s Operations Department. The EFCC’s operatives had earlier grilled Dakingari’s wife, Hajiya Zainab (the daughter of late President Umaru Yar’Adua) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed, over alleged N2 billion contracts and money laundering in the state. A reliable source in EFCC, who spoke in confidence, said the invitation of the ex-governor followed a petition on non-execution of some contracts in Kebbi State when he was in charge. The source said: “We are probing allegations of mismanagement of N3.8 billion by the former governor and some of his aides; abuse of due process and non-execution of some contracts already paid for. “After preliminary profiling, the anti-graft commission decided to invite Dakingari to respond to these allegations. “We had earlier interacted with the wife of the former governor and the BOT chairman of PDP on what they knew about some of these contracts. The source said the commission might also question some former commissioners in the state. “We want to hear from Dakingari before summoning some ex-commissioners and heads of parastatals. “We have retrieved some relevant documents from Kebbi State to assist in our ongoing interrogation of Dakingari and others.” The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the agency’s invitation to Dakingari. But he did not give details on why the EFCC invited the ex-governor. Dakingari was the third former governor to be invited by the EFCC in two weeks. Both ex-governors Gabriel Suswam (Benue) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) had appeared for interrogation before the commission. Also yesterday, the EFCC arraigned a prison officer, Onoja Osita Kingsley, before Justice A.V. Agishir of the Federal High Court, Enugu on three counts of stealing, possession of fraudulent document and forgery to the tune of N3,900,000. A statement by Uwujaren, said: “The accused, who is a Prison Assistant with the Nigeria Prison Service allegedly orchestrated the fraudulent transfer of N132, 900,000 from six customers’ accounts with a new generation bank. “About N3, 900,000.00 was transferred into the account of one Uchenna Eze, which Onoja had opened with forged documents at the Olu Obasanjo Road branch of Access Bank Plc, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He subsequently withdrew N140, 000.00 from the account. “He was arrested on January 12, 2015 in Enugu, Enugu State, where he had gone to withdraw the balance of the stolen money. “He pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him. Justice Agishir adjourned the matter to October 28, 2015 for hearing of bail application and remanded the accused in EFCC custody.”]]>

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