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Monday, 3 October 2016
FG to file charges against 31 ex-governors....See full list
The Federal Government is reportedly planning to file fraud charges against some former governors before the end of October.
According to Punch, the newly set up National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NAPCC) and some special teams of prosecutors have commenced the review of the corruption cases involving the former governors.
The special prosecutors were pooled together by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr.Abubakar Malami.
Also to be charged would be some politically-exposed persons.
It was gathered that the preliminary issues are being finalised, as the Federal Government’s special teams of prosecutors would commence prosecution of the ex-governors in a matter of weeks.
“You will recall that before the NPCC began work, the AGF had written to the EFCC and ICPC, asking them to remit the duplicate files of 31 ex-governors and some other politically-exposed persons to his office," a source familiar with the matter was quoted as saying.
“While the anti-corruption agencies had yet to respond, the AGF again asked the various agencies with prosecutorial powers, including the ICPC and the EFCC, to compile and remit the duplicate files of all high profile cases they had to the NPCC.
“I can tell you that the agencies have responded to the AGF’s directive and the NPCC is now reviewing the files.”
Report said the files have been distributed to some of the 20 prosecuting teams, each comprising four lawyers.
The list includes the following names: The Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is a former Governor of Kwara State;Godswill Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State; and a factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who is 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).
They also include Ikedi Ohakim (Imo); 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 (Oyo).
Others are Usman Dakingari (Kebbi); Adamu Mu’azu(Bauchi); Peter Odili (Rivers), and Lucky Igbindedion (Edo).