EFCC: Ten former governors to be probed for corruption


In a quick bid to respond to criticism that it is not doing enough to tackle corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has closed in on ten former governors who are standing trial for looting the treasury of their states when they held sway.

 

Among the suspects, whose cases are being tackled in courts by the anti-graft agency with a view to bringing them to account for the huge sum of money said to have stolen by them are, Lucky Igbinedion, Chimaroke Nnamani, Orji Uzor Kalu, Saminu Turaki and Joshua Dariye.

 

Others on the trial list of the commission are: Abubakar Audu, Danjuma Goje, Akwe Doma and Jolly Nyame.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the Commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, made the disclosure at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday.

 

The commission said however the case of corrupt enrichment preferred against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has been temporarily put on hold following his election as the governor of the state in line with the immunity clause in the Constitution of Nigeria.

 

Uwujaren disclosed that apart from seizing the assets of the most of the suspects, it has also frozen the accounts of companies linked to the former governors.

 

He said the former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriif might be declared wanted if he fails to honour its invitation to answer some questions bordering on a petition against him.

 

The commission said that it has so far recovered the sum of N65 billion from the suspects.

 

In the same vein, EFCC said it also recovered $245 million, £693,000 and €62,000 from the corrupt individuals and organisations between 2012 and 2014.

 

-Nigerian Eye


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