Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What I Said About Diezani During EFCC Interrogation - First Bank Director

Mallam Dauda Lawal, an Executive Director of First Bank who was called in to the EFCC for questioning weeks ago said he was questioned by the agency about his relationship with ex Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison Madueke.

Specifically, he said was “questioned by the EFCC over his alleged role or complicity in the alleged $25m acquisition of the Le Meridien Hotel in Port Harcourt.”

He admitted that his name has featured prominently in the EFCC investigations of Mrs. Deziani, but said allegations that Diezani channeled the funds for the purchase of the property through him are malicious and spurious.

He said the allegation must have been fuelled by his close association with Allison-Madueke, which “is based purely on professional pursuits”.

He added, “As the Executive Director in charge of Public sector of the bank, it is incumbent on him to build the necessary bridges to attract all the benefits the bank can muster from the financial operations of the public sector.

“For the purpose of emphasis, Mallam Lawal Dauda has never been a conduit for movement of illicit funds neither has he been involved in the purchase of any hotel either here or elsewhere. This much was told to the EFCC during his interrogation.”

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