The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) made a major breakthrough Tuesday in the crackdown on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, following the arrest of a political ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, George Turner, over a N2 billion scam.
According to the commission, Turner, a former Special Adviser on Youths to the erstwhile Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr. Dan Abia, committed the offence between 2012 and 2015.
Before his arrest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Tuesday, Turner had given the EFCC the slip after they laid siege to his mansion in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Vanguard writes.
Confirming his arrest and detention, the Head of Media and Publicity in the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said documents obtained from the suspect’s mansion and bank statements showed illegal inflow of over N2 billion when he does not have a means of livelihood to justify such huge amounts.
“Turner was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in connection with alleged possession of funds running into N2 billion, suspected to be funds siphoned from the NDDC while serving there as an Adviser,” Uwujaren said.
“Preliminary investigations by the EFCC threw up deposits made in his personal and company bank accounts in excess of N2 billion.
“A search conducted in his houses in Port Harcourt and Yenogoa, yielded useful documents. Turnah has made useful statements to the EFCC and will be arraigned as soon as investigations are concluded.”
Turnah’s former boss, Barrister Bassey Dan-Abia was mired in a N24billion fraud during his time at the commission, although investigations stalled since his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC last year.