The APC lawmaker representing a Kogi state constituency at the National Assembly in Abuja, Dino Melaye, is set to be grilled by Nigeria’s anti-graft body, EFCC. Naijapals has exclusively reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will invite the chairman senate committee on FCT, Dino Melaye, for questioning over an “invisible” N125 million building purportedly rented for the senate president.
The property is said to be located at Plot 973, Mban Close, off Pope John Paul Street, Maitama, Abuja, rented at N50 million per year on a two-year tenancy, with fees and VAT bringing the total cost to N125 million. But the building could not be traced after several searches. It was also learnt that the commission will also invite officials of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) for interrogation. Naijapals had reported that the AMMC – in league with Melaye’s committee – rented the property from Legendark Consultants for the senate president.
The senate president, who lives in his own house at Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, has since denied knowledge of the deal. It was also reported that a second house purportedly rented for Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu at Plot 22, Vaal Street, off Rhine Street, Maitama, Abuja, is unoccupied.
Ekweremadu still lives at his personal residence at the Apo Legislative Quarters, and his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, said he is not aware of the property. Curiously, the key players in the affair refused to pick up calls or reply to SMS from Naiajapals
However, an official of the EFCC has told TheCable that the agency will invite the principal actors for questioning “anytime from now”. It was understood that officials of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), which superintends the AMMC, have confirmed that payment was actually made for the property. But Melaye has described the documents as “made in Taiwan”.