Former Special Assistant to former President Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai has denied the allegation that he received N63 million from former PDP BOT Chair, Chief Tony Anenih, adding that the money was not up to the amount being peddled around.
He said it was true that a committee that he led got some money from Anenih, the fund was given to some traditional rulers to ensure peaceful presidential election in April 2015.
“The committee of nine persons, which I led, was given an assignment to reach out to traditional rulers on the need for them to ensure peaceful elections in their domains because there was tension prior to the 2015 general elections.
“We went round 18 states and Abuja where we met two persons in each of the states we visited. We started with the Sultan of Sokoto.We could not meet with traditional rulers in Gombe because on the day of our visit, Boko Haram attacked the town and there were reports that they were targeting the Government House, where we were at that time.
“The money the committee received was for logistics, such as transport and accommodation. We wrote a report after our assignment, which started on January 14 and ended on February 15, 2015; the records are there.”
Anenih had, in the letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commssion explained how he shared N260m paid into his account by the Office of the National Security Adviser during the tenure of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
He had allegedly written that he gave N63m to a group, coordinated by a former Special Assistant to Yakassai.
However Yakassai has denied receiving N63m from Anenih as personal money.
Reacting to the allegation, Yakassai said it was true that he received an amount of money from Anenih for an assignment, the money was not up to the amount quoted.
He said, “The amount being bandied about is not what was given to me. It is true Chief Anenih gave the committee of eminent persons, which I headed some funds for our assignment. The money being quoted is not what we received.
The elder statesman said he was prepared to defend the activities of the committee when required to do so, stressing that the committee performed its assignment creditably and transparently.
Efforts to get reactions from the EFCC had not succeeded as of the time of sending this report as calls to the mobile set of its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, did not connect.