Rivers 2015 Guber: EFCC Re-Arrest Gesilah Khan


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the weekend, re-arrested the former Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers State, Mrs. Gesila Khan. She will be arraigned tomorrow.

It was gathered that Khan, who hails from Bayelsa State, was picked up in Yenagoa on Saturday afternoon.

Khan, who presided over the 2015 elections in Rivers State, was first arrested on April 15, 2016 following multiple allegations of financial fraud, including partaking in N650.9m and $115m poll bribes.

The EFCC believes that the bribes were to alter the outcome of the 2015 general elections.

Khan, who was redeployed to Cross River State at the time of her initial arrest, was, however, granted an administrative bail on May 3, 2016 after fulfilling some conditions, which included bringing a first class traditional ruler as a surety.

But the team, it was gathered, returned on Saturday, to the residence of Khan in Yenagoa to re-arrest her, but could not find her at home.

The team reportedly went to the palace of the traditional ruler, who took her on bail, and requested him to produce her.

It was gathered that Khan was in her village preparing to attend the burial of the late Gordon Obua, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former President Goodluck Jonathan, when the traditional ruler called her on telephone asking her to return to Yenagoa.

A source, who spoke in confidence said: “The EFCC came to look for her but they could not find her. They went to the palace of the traditional ruler who took her on bail.

“Madam travelled to her village. She was preparing to return to Yenagoa to attend the burial of Obuah, Jonathan’s former CSO when he received a call from the traditional ruler requesting her to return immediately.

“When she reported at the palace, a team of the EFCC was already waiting for her. She was immediately picked up and taken to Port Harcourt. She could not attend the burial”.

The Southsouth Zonal Head of EFCC, Mr. Ishaq Salihu, confirmed the arrest, saying she would be arraigned tomorrow.


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