Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Former Governor Gbenga Daniel Interrogated Over Abuse of Import Waivers

Former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State spent a few hours today at
the Lagos offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) where he was questioned about his alleged conversion to his
personal use of import waivers obtained from the Federal Government. A
source at the EFCC told SaharaReporters that the illegal conversion
happened when Ogun State hosted a national sports festival while Mr.
Daniel was governor.
SaharaReporters had in 2007 revealed that the then governor was
involved in a N500 million import waiver scam during his tenure as
Ogun State governor.
Our source said that Mr. Daniel obtained import waivers for Ogun State
as part of preparations for the 15th National Sports Festival in
November 2005. The governor then sold part of the waivers to Globe
Motors, owned by Willie Anumudu, for N300 million. Then Governor
Daniel later stated that Globe Motors had given the Ogun State
government a "donation" of N300 million in cash and cars to host the
After our 2007 report, the EFCC briefly arrested Mr. Anumudu, the
Managing Director of Globe Motors.
However, an investigator at the EFCC told SaharaReporters that Mr.
Daniel further abused a second import waiver which he secured for the
importation of 44,000 metric tons of iron rods for the Ogun State
government to build the "Gateway Games Village." The Village was built
to accommodate athletes attending the games. The controversial
merchandize arrived after the games had ended in April 2006, and the
governor converted the rods to his personal use, investigators said.
Our EFCC source it was not yet clear if the EFCC will file fresh
charges against Mr. Daniel who is already undergoing trial for money
laundering before a state High Court in Abeokuta, the Ogun State

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