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EFCC revisits N772bn alleged fraud cases against 13 former governors

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revisited the money laundering cases against 13 former governors and some former ministers, amounting to over N853.8bn.

According to the PUNCH investigation, the amount involved in the high-profile cases is not less than N772.2bn. Meanwhile, EFC is currently probing the N81.6bn allegedly pillaged in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

However, around $2.2bn was reported to have been looted through money laundering, fund diversion and misappropriation recently. The $2.2bn was allegedly diverted to Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser; late Raymond Dokpesi; Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto State, and Bashir Yuguda, the former Minister of State for Finance, and others.

The EFCC said the diverted fund was meant for arms procurement in support of the war against terrorists, but the above people looted it.

In 2015, Dasuki was in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) while the EFCC arrested Bafarawa, Dokpesi, Yuguda and others.

They were arrested after allegedly being indicted by a presidential committee that probed arms procurement under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The committee revealed that around $2.2bn for arms procurement was diverted for other purposes.

The following are the former governors being probed and the amount in brackets:

1. Former governor Kayode Fayemi (N4bn)

2. Former governor Ayo Fayose (N6.9bn)

3. Former governor Bello Matawalle (N70bn) 

4. Former governor Chimaroke Nnamani (N5.3bn)

5. Former governor Sullivan Chime (N450m)

6. Former governor Abdullahi Adamu (N15bn)

7. Former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso (N10bn)

8. Former governor Peter Odili (N100bn)

9. Former governor Theodore Orji (N551bn)

10. Former governor Danjuma Goje (N5bn)

11. Former governor Aliyu Wamako (N15bn)

12. Former governor Timipre Sylva (N19.2bn)

13. Former governor Sule Lamido (N1.35bn)

Diezani is being investigated for many alleged money laundering cases worth billions of naira and millions of dollars.

According to PUNC, Ola Olukoyede, the EFCC boss, is reviewing all the high-profile cases and reappointed investigators since his assumption of office to investigate the several probes without minding the status of the suspects.

“The chairman is reviewing all high profile cases, and he has ordered the investigators not to treat anyone differently, especially politically exposed persons, such as former governors and ministers, who were indicted for money laundering,” Sunday PUNCH’s source revealed.

The EFCC had also recently begun the investigation of the following former ministers:

1. Olu Agunloye ($6bn) 

2. Sadiya Umar-Farouk (N37.1bn)

The alleged former ministers served in the governments of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari, respectively. The anti-graft agency is investigating the two former ministers and arraigned the former, who was remanded in a custodial centre until the perfection of his N50m bail.

EFCC is also investigating Betta Edu, the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Halima Shehu, the embattled Coordinator of the suspended National Social Investment Programme Agency, for alleged N81.6bn fraud unearthed in the ministry.

On Friday, Olukoyede assured that all high-profile cases would be reviewed and revisited while promising that alleged former or incumbent public officials’ corruption cases would not be ignored or abandoned by the anti-graft agency.

He said this in Abuja through Wilson Uwujaren, the acting Director of Public Affairs, EFCC, who to reporters following a protest by members of the Zamfara Alternative Forum at the agency’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.

ZAF had urged the commission to revisit the investigation of Matawalle, the former governor of Zamfara, for alleged N70bn fraud.

Uwujaren, who addressed the protesters, said the commission would act on their request.

“I want to assure you that, as far as the commission is concerned, nobody is above the law. What the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, has done since assuming office is that he has reviewed all the high-profile cases he inherited.

“And the EFCC Chairman has asked me to assure you that this case, like others, will not be an exception. The case will be reviewed, and the chairman assures you that something will be done under the law, and no one is above the law, and no case shall be swept under the carpet.

“Rest assured that these cases will be revisited because the EFCC believes that no case should be swept under the carpet. If you have done something wrong and if our investigation is able to establish that you have a case, we will proceed with the matter,” he said.

 

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