How We Shared Deziani’s N450M 2015 Election Money To Security Agents, Others–Belgore

 

Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

The Kwara State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship Candidate in the 2015 General Election, .Mr. Dele Belgore (SAN) has narrated to the Federal High Court, Lagos, how the sum of N450 million he allegedly received from the former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Alison Diezani Madueke, during 2015 General Election, was shared to the Police, Army, Department of State Security (DSS) and others.

Belgore alongside Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, former Minister of National Planning, are standing trial before the court over N450 million fraud.

The duo are being prosecuted by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a nine-count charge bordering on the alleged offences before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High court, Lagos.

They, had however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and were granted bails.

At the resumed trial of the defendants on Wednesday, Belgore, who was the Kwara State’s Coordinator of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation during the 2015 general election while being cross-examined by the prosecutor, Mr  Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to EFCC, denied singlehandedly given decision on how the N450 million shared to party  members and  organisations.

He also told the court that decision on how the money was shared was taken by all stakeholders in the Campaign Organisation at a meeting held in the house of another party chieftain named Sheriff Shagaya

However, Belgore admitted how the N450 millions was shared upon being confronted with his statements which he submitted and has been tendered and admitted as ‘Exhibit 5’.

He also admitted that two persons were nominated from the three senatorial districts in the State, to receive their portion of the money on behalf of the senatorial district.

In revealing how  the money was shared, Belgore admitted that the sums of N87.963 million and N61.656 million were received by Mrs. Shola Adeoti and Isah Biu for Kwara South and Kwara North Senatorial districts respectively, while the sum of N102.298 million was allocated to Kwara Central Senatorial District.

On how much was shared to the security agencies, Belgore admitted that the sums of N10 million, N1 million, N2 million, N1 million and N1 million, were given to the State’s CP, resident AIG, DCP Operations, ACP operations and ACP administration respectively.

He also admitted that the sums of N7 million, N10 million and N2.5 million were given to MOPOL O/C, 2i/c MOPOL Unit Commander and Director of DSS and men respectively.

Belgore further told the court that the sums of N50 million and N20 million were given to the Military and other security agencies such as FRSC and men of Civil Defence Corps.

He also admitted that the sums of N100 million was allocates for the party’s general expenses, such as interest on bank loan, while N80 million was allocated to the office of the Coordinator, which he admitted was the disbursement was on his instruction.

Belgore told the court that out of N80 million allocated to his office, N50 million given  to one Sherrif Shagaya, whom he said was a candidate in the election and a stakeholder who has great interest to apply funds for various electoral purposes.

When asked how the balance of   N30 million  was disbursed by his Personal Assistant, Belgore told the court that he cannot remembered how the money was expended, except those who collected the money come forward and claim that they collected the money.

Meanwhile, Further hearing of the trial has been adjourned till July 2.

In the nine count charge, the EFCC alleged that Mrs Allison-Madueke, (said to be at large) conspired with Messrs Belgore and Sulaiman on or about March 27, 2015, to directly take possession of the sum of N450 million, which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of unlawful act.

They were also alleged to have taken the said funds in cash, which exceeded the amount authorised by law, without going through the financial institutions.

 

 

 

 

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