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Thursday, June 14, 2018

5 Notable Nigerian Ex-Governors Under EFCC Investigation

Following the conviction of the former Taraba State governor, Jolly Nyame and the most recent sentencing of ex Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye, we will be highlighting some ex-governors who have come under the scrutiny of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mr Dariye, a serving senator representing Plateau Central Senatorial District, was accused of embezzling N1.162 billion ecological funds belonging to his state.

The Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission is the crime-fighting arm of the Nigerian government, charged with investigating crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud) and money laundering. In 2003, the Nigerian government set up the agency in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community's efforts to fight money laundering. The agency has its head office in Abuja.

Over the years many high-profile individuals have come under the radar of the organisation. They include Lawal Jafaru Isa, Femi Fani Kayode, Musiliu Obanikoro and Raymond Dokpesi.

1. Sullivan Chime

As at 2017, it was widely reported that Mr Sullivan, former Governor of Enugu State, who, at that time, had recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, was still being investigated by the EFCC. This was evident in the fact that he was invited to the Enugu zonal office of the EFCC, over the sum of N450m campaign funds he allegedly collected from former petroleum minister, Dieziani Alison Madueke.

"Briefing journalists at the Enugu Press Centre, the South-East Head of the anti-graft agency, Mr Johnson Babalola, said that Chime was far from being free from their hook", daily post reported.

2. Saidu Dakin Garin

The immediate past Governor of Kebbi, Saidu Dakin Garin is equally being questioned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ‎on the N450 million given to the state before the 2015 Presidential poll.

This is not unconnected with the N23bn Diezani loot.

3. Ali Modu Sheriff 

In continuation of its investigations of the funds that exchanged hands during and before the 2015 general election, the EFCC, on 12th March 2018, invited the former Governor of Borno State and one-time factional chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, for some chitchat.

Daily Post says Sheriff’s invitation may be in continuation of investigation over his alleged sharing of N40million during the 2015 elections.

4. Ibrahim Shekarau

On May 23rd, 2018, the EFCC equally invited the erstwhile governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau for no other reason than his involvement in the alleged sharing of N950 million of the campaign funds of former President Goodluck Jonathan prior to the 2015 general elections in Kano.

The former Ministers of Education and Foreign Affairs, however, denied any involvement and rather stated that the allegations were unfounded. He went further to challenge the agency to produce anyone who gave him the money, or any evidence to prove that he actually collected the funds.

5. Senator Liyel Imoke

On May 11, 2016, a former governor of Cross Rivers State, Senator Liyel Imoke was quizzed by Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for his alleged involvement in the N500million collected by the Cross Rivers State’s chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Ntufam John Okon.

The N500m was part of the $115m allegedly lodged in Fidelity Bank Plc, in controversial circumstances, during the 2015 electioneering campaign period by the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Allison- Madueke.