Senate seeks full disclosure on $43.3m cash discovery
The Senate, Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, to make a full disclosure of the identity of the owners of the $43.3 million discovered in a luxury apartment in the high brow area in Ikoyi Lagos.
Meanwhile, Minister of Transport and former Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rorimi Amaechi has threatened to institute a legal action against a chieftain of the opposition party, the People Democratic Party PDP and a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode for defamation over his comments on the discovery of the money.
President, of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who spoke during an interview on Arise News Network Television, frowned at what he called the poor handling of the issue by the anti-graft agency, the EFCC.
According to him, Nigerians deserve to know the identity of the owners of such huge sums of money hidden in a home in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.
~The entire episode and the shabby manner in which the EFCC has handled the matter constitutes a serious source of embarrassment to Nigeria and its citizens, which might make the National Assembly intervene in the matter to save the country this huge embarrassment. I sincerely hope that this would be the case if the anti-graft agency fails to tell Nigerians who owns the money~.
“Clearly, Nigerians deserve to know who owns the money in order to save the country this embarrassment. I believe the EFCC should come out and tell Nigerians who owns the money. I believe an agency like this should monitor and clear this mess~, he also said.
The Minister of Transport, had while reacting to allegations by the former Minister of Aviation that the money found in the Ikoyi property belonged to him, threatened to drag the former Minister of Aviation to court if he fails to tender an apology to him within seven days.
The former Minister of Aviation reportedly tweeted that the $43.3 million belongs to Amaechi.
The tweet posted on the former Minister’s timeline @realFFK reads in part: “The $43 million is Rotimi Amaechi’s. He owns the flat where the money was found too. The NIA story is fake news. NIA does not keep cash in Minister’s flats”.
Counsel to the Minister, who describing Fami-Kayode’s tweets as a blatant lie, however gave the former Aviation Minister a seven- day ultimatum to apologise to the transport Minister or face a legal action.