ATIKU TO BE QUESTIONED ON ROLE PLAYED IN BANK PHB COLLAPSE – LAI MOHAMMED
The Federal Government has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will be answering some questions when he returns to the country from the US.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said this on Friday at the State House.
According to Mohammed, Atiku will be investigated for his alleged role in the collapse of the Bank.
Mohammed said the decision to start the investigation was due to fresh evidence that says that the former Vice-President benefited from slush funds that led to the collapse of Bank PHB.
“It started from an internal memo dated 13 January 2009 asking that a draft in favour of Atiku Abubakar of 156 million should be raised,” he said.
Mohammed also said another memo on the same date was raised to confirm that the amount was raised from a “claimant management account.”
He further said that the FG has proof of the account mandate, cheque and account statement showing Atiku as the signatory to the account that received the money.
“We want him to stay in the US for as long as he wants but he has to explain to Nigerians when he returns,” he said.
“We are not perturbed one bit. He can go ahead and get a U.S. green card. That will not save him from imminent defeat in the forthcoming election,” Mohammed said.
He also said the “election will be held here not in the U.S.”
Mohammed however said his claim does not imply that the former vice president will be arrested on his arrival.