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$15bn stolen in security spending scams: Nigeria


KANU: About $15 billion was stolen from the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria under the previous government, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said. The money was diverted through fraudulent arms contracts, he added.
Former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke is also under investigation for allegedly trying to rig last year's elections, a spokesman for the country's anti-corruption agency said on Tuesday.
"We are investigating a case involving the former petroleum minister Alison-Madueke in respect of some millions of dollars she is accused of giving to INEC officials to influence the 2015 elections," Wilson Uwujaren, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), told AFP.
Local media has claimed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) received $115 million in oil money to influence the polls in favour of then President Goodluck Jonathan's party. Alison-Madueke was petroleum minister in Jonathan's government until last year, when he was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari Some suspects local oil company executives and the head of a commercial bank through which the bribes were alleged to have been paid, have been arrested.

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