Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, immediate-past secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for fraudulent acquisition of over 1,500 hectares of Abuja land in the Federal Capital City for the multi-billion dollar Centenary City project.
In a petition dated, July 21, 2015, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, National Vice Chairman (South-South) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, probe Senator Anyim who handled the Centenary City project, adding that former president Goodluck Jonathan was not properly briefed about the project before he appended his signature to the Centenary City document.
Ojougboh told journalists in Abuja Tuesday: “The former president thought that the Centenary City project was for the good of all Nigerians because of the centenary spirit. But unknown to him, it was the private project of the former SGF and his cohorts. Yes, the former president signed the papers as presented to him by the former SGF.
“He was not properly briefed because of vested interests. I can defend him; he was not part of the fraud. If Jonathan had been properly briefed, he would not have approved the project, let alone talk of going to perform the ground-breaking of the project.
“I am calling on President Buhari now to revisit the Centenary project and he will be shocked at the findings that the project was owned by private individuals but procured with government funds.”