EFCC ARRESTS EX-MINISTER, MOHAMMED WAKILOVER PHCN PAYMENT FRAUD

BY VICTOR BUOR, ABUJA – The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested former Minister of State for Power, Alhaji Mohammed Wakil over allegations bordering on some payments in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

Wakil, who was believed to have been picked up in his Abuja residence in his residence in Abuja is most likely going to be arraign before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday over alleged sheddy deals.

The EFCC in 2018, arraigned Hon. Wakil and four others at the Federal High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State over an alleged collection of $115 million from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

Wakil, a law graduate from the University of Maiduguri, was a member of the National Assembly during which he was the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives before his appointment as Minister of State for Power during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and also served as the Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in-charge of the North East zone.

Attempt made by Forefront News to get the comments of the spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren over the arrest of the former minister did not yield any positive result as his mobile phone did not go through.

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