The former permanent secretary of the Nigerian Federal Government who retired with brand new 45 SUV cars has been revealed. He is Dr. Godknows Boladei Igali, formerly of the Ministry of Power. A native of Bayelsa state.
The Nation newspaper reported Saturday that the vehicles recovered from him were actually 47, apart from 100 motorcycles. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which is investigating Igali has found that the vehicles were bought for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign in the 2015 general election, with looted funds. It was unclear why he did not release the vehicles for the campaign.
The money was part of the diverted N27 billion insurance premium of deceased workers of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). The EFCC was said to have intercepted the vehicles and motorcycles after an alarm was raised by an artisan, who was called in for repairs. An EFCC source said that there was “overwhelming evidence” against the former Perm Sec.
The Nation quoting sources said the vehicles were seized from several secret locations. More than 100 motorcycles parked at a facility in Mabushi Area of Abuja were also confiscated by the EFCC. The confiscated items include SUVs, Toyota Coaster buses, Toyota Hilux trucks and 16-seater buses. According to EFCC investigation, all the vehicles were supplied by Kaduna based Dilly Motors, the paper said. The cash was allegedly laundered by Igali through Baseworth Insurance Brokers in order to cover his track. Igali was earlier this year arrested by the Commission and made a statement after which he was released on administrative bail.”