$2.2bn arms deal: Chime moves to halt EFCC

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Indications emerged yesterday that former governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, ‎has commenced moves to stop his investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his involvement in looting the campaign fund for Enugu Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was allegedly part of the $2.2 billion arms fund shared to some states by the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki.

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Sunday Sun gathered that Chime, worried by the anti-graft agency’s move, was mounting pressure‎ on his successor, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, to intervene.

According to a source, who is familiar with the issue, the anti-graft agency’s searchlight was beamed on Chime sequel to findings that he was a beneficiary of the slush funds from the $2.2 billion arms deal, for which the detained former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, is being prosecuted.

The source said: “What I can confirm to you is that former Governor Chime is presently trying to stop his investigation by the EFCC over his involvement in looting the fund for Enugu PDP, which was part of the $2.2 billion shared to some states by the former NSA. As we speak, Chime is putting so much pressure on the present Governor to stop the prosecution of two of his former aides that have been indicted.”

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Chime was reportedly quizzed recently by the anti-graft agency, but has not been charged to court. Other top PDP members who played key roles and got campaign funds from Dasuki had either been arrested or compelled to refund their own share of the loot.

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