The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius, was arrested last Thursday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission might be detained further as the anti-graft obtained permission to do so for the next 30 days.
The probe is in connection with the allegation of collecting N520million, part of $2billion obtained by the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd.) to procure ammunition but diverted. Mr. Pius allegedly collected the money on the eve of 2015 presidential election.
He was accused to have awarded contracts of about N13billion to companies with in his interest.
With the remand warrant, Anyim would be kept in custody of the EFCC for more than time allowed by law, noting that its operative would be able to conduct full investigation of details connected with the money and expose its beneficiaries.
“Yes, we have obtained a remand warrant to hold the former SGF for about 30 days. This will help us to conduct investigations properly and verify his claims,” EFCC source said.
Anyim was also accused of false assets declaration in addition to allegation of receiving funds from Dasuki. He reportedly proxied companies to which he awarded contracts, especially companies he awarded contracts through ecological funds he cornered.
The companies are: Foundation Years Limited, Precious Integrated, Precious Petroleum, Mak & Mak, Chap Construction, Eldyke Engineering, Pryke Limited, Chipa Nigeria Limited, Prima A11 Limited, Pima International, Chanto Engineering, Ishiagu Microfinance Bank, Mulak Ventures, Vitro Engineering and Tip Top Nigeria.
The source added, “Anyim was SGF from May 2011 to May 29, 2015. During this period, specifically May 2012 to May 2015, the SGF Ecological Fund Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria received an inflow of N58,146,983,677.85.