List Of Ex-Governors Whose Corruption Cases Are To Be Re-Opened
A list has been disclosed of the 31 ex-governors, whose alleged corruption cases were investigated by anti-graft agencies and likely to be reopened soon.
Mentioned in the list are the likes of Senate President Bukola Saraki, factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff; and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio.
Recall that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had written to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), directing the re-opening of the ex-governors cases.
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Part of the AGF’s letter to the ICPC, indicated that the cases against some of the former governors were investigated some years ago but charges were never filed against them.
The AGF maintained that it is the position of the present administration that all ex-governors, who the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them, should be immediately prosecuted.
The letter also gave the Chairman of the ICPC a 14-day ultimatum to “remit the duplicate case files concerning the politically-exposed persons investigated by the ICPC over the years” to the office of the AGF.
On Wednesday, the AGF had called for the case files of the former state governors which includes;
Senator Bukola Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State; Akpabio (a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State), and Sheriff (an ex-Governor of Borno State).
Other former governors include Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Saminu Turaki (Jigawa); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Joshua Dariye (Plateau); Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).
Also; Ikedi Ohakim (Imo); Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom); Achike Udenwa (Imo); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Jolly Nyame (Taraba); Boni Haruna (Adamawa); George Akume (Benue); Rashidi Ladoja (Oyo); Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto) and Adebayo Alao-Akala, Usman Dakingari (Kebbi); Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi); Peter Odili (Rivers), and Lucky Igbindedion (Edo).
Some of the ex-governors, include some, who had been convicted for charges proferred against them by the EFCC, while others had their cases terminated before full blown trial could begin.
Others are currently undergoing trial on charges initiated against them by the EFCC at either the various divisions of the Federal High Court or the High Courts of their home states.
There are about five of the former governors, who are now said to be serving senators. They served as governors for either one or two terms between 1999 and 2015, and are from all the six geopolitical zones of the country.
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It was also confirmed that the majority of those on the list belonged to the two dominant political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).