EFCC Reopen Money Laundering Cases Against Former Governors and Ministers

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC under the Tinubu-led government has reopened money laundering cases against former governors and former ministers amounting to over N853 billion.

The EFCC has reopened money laundering cases against 13 former governors and some former ministers, with the amounts involved running into over N853.8bn.

The affected 13 former governors 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.
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.

Matawalle, who is currently serving as the Minister of Defence in the administration of President Bola Tinubu, is being probed for alleged N70bn money laundering; while Fayemi, who served as Minister of Solid Minerals Development in former President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet from November 11, 2015 to May 30, 2018, before resigning to contest the governorship election for his second term, is being investigated for an alleged N4bn fraud, while Fayose, a two-term governor of Ekiti State, is being investigated by the anti-graft agency for an alleged N6.9bn fraud.

Nnamani is being probed for an alleged N5.3bn fraud; Chime is being investigated over an alleged N450m campaign fraud as part of the N23bn allegedly shared by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, while Adamu is under probe for alleged N15bn fraud.

Kwakwanso is being probed for alleged non-remittance of N10bn pension fund; Orji is being investigated over alleged N551bn money laundering; while Odili is similarly being probed for alleged N100bn fraud. It is not yet clear how the probe of the ex-Rivers State governor will be handled as he obtained an order of perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC and other security agencies from a Federal High Court in March 2008, which has not been vacated to date.

Goje is being probed by the commission for an alleged N5bn fraud; Wammako is being investigated for allegedly diverting N15bn; Sylva, a former Minister of State for Petroleum under Buhari, is under probe for alleged N19.2bn money laundering; while Lamido is being investigated over an alleged N1.35bn fraud.

Diezani is being probed over several alleged money laundering cases running into several billions of naira and millions of dollars.

Recall that there are currently financial scandal facing the Presidency of Bola Tinubu’s cabinet member, which the EFCC is also investigating.

It is also pertinent to state that there is no corrupt free government in Nigeria. Anyone who is privilege to access the government coffer is always tempted to steal, like Betta Edu and her colleagues in the Tinubu’s cabinet.

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