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EFCC reopens fraud cases against 13 ex-govs

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revived fraud cases against 13 former governors and some former ministers.

PUNCH reports that the amount in the high-profile cases involving the former governors and ex-ministers was not less than N772.2bn.

The paper recalled another $2.2bn meant for arms procurement in support of the war against terrorists but which allegedly went missing through money laundering, fund diversion and misappropriation by former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki; late media mogul, Raymond Dokpesi; former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; and former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda among others.

While Dasuki was in the custody of the Department of State Services in 2015, the EFCC arrested Dokpesi, Bafarawa, Yuguda and others.

They were all arrested after being indicted by a presidential panel that investigated arms procurement under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

The committee said about $2.2bn was diverted for purposes other than arms procurement.

The media outlet listed the affected persons to include two former Ekiti State governors, Kayode Fayemi and Ayo Fayose; former Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle; two former Enugu State governors, Chimaroke Nnamani and Sullivan Chime; former Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Adamu; former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Others are former Rivers State governor, Peter Odili; former Abia State governor, Theodore Orji; former Gombe State governor, Danjuma Goje; former Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Wamako; former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva; and former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido.

Meanwhile, details of the fraud cases against other ex-governors and ex-ministers are highlighted by the newspaper.

PUNCH gathered that the Chairman of the anti-corruption agency Ola Olukoyede has started reviewing the cases.

Olukoyede reportedly on assumption of office reappointed investigators to take up the several probes without prejudice to the suspects’ social or political status.

“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,” a source is quoted.

 

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