Indications have emerged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has begun investigations against former Kebbi State Governor, Senator Adamu Aliero, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State, Bukola Saraki of kwara, and Thoedore Orji of Abia state – all senators-elect, over alleged money laundering amounting to over 300 billion.
A highly placed source in the Commission at the weekend told Nigerian Pilot that the EFCC has almost rounded up charges against the embattled former governors, now senators, to enable them join their other colleagues in various courts facing corruption charges.
According to the source, outgoing governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji will be telling the operatives of the EFCC how he misappropriated a whopping sum of N125 billion state’s funds for eight years while serving as the governor of the state.
The source further added that, with the current review of former governors’ corruption cases in all the various courts across the country, the Commission is sure of getting conviction against the ex-governors.
Over 15 ex-governors won senate seats in the March 28 election with many of them having cases of corruption, ranging from misappropriation of public funds to money laundering hanging over their necks.
Some ex-governors have been in the senate before the last elections while a fresh set of former governors will be joining them when the new legislature is inaugurated on June 6, 2015 by the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Former Ebonyi State Governor, Dr. Sam Egwu recently won parliamentary election to represent Ebonyi North senatorial district in spite of the corruption charges levelled against him.
Egwu allegedly misappropriated close to N80 billion while in office as governor between 1999 and 2007.
Senator Bukola Saraki, who is currently vying for the seat of the Senate President, has been a subject of investigations by the Special Fraud Unit of the Police, following allegations of an N11 billion loan scam preferred against him.
Adamu Aliero was the Kebbi State Governor between May 1999 and May 2007.
Between December 2006 and August 2008, the EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC received three petitions asking the anti-graft agencies to investigate Alierio over N10.2billion fraud. It was, however, learnt that the allegations were not investigated.
Following an ex-parte application by an indigene of the state, Alhaji Sani Dododo, for an order of mandamus compelling EFCC and ICPC to investigate the allegations, Justice Adamu Bello summoned Aliero to appear before it.
The judge also summoned the two anti-graft agencies to explain why they failed in their statutory duties to investigate Aliero for alleged fraud.
On July 13, 2007, the EFCC arraigned a former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, on a 23-count charge bordering on money laundering and other corruption charges.
The EFCC accused Dariye of diverting about N1.2 billion of the state’s ecological funds into the account of Ebenezer Ratnen Venture, one of the companies through which the former governor allegedly siphoned public funds.
Outgoing Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, was elected on May 29, 2007 and re-elected on April 26, 2011. He was formerly a career civil servant, serving as the Chief of Staff to his predecessor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu.
EFCC spokesman Mr. Wilson Uwujaren told journalists in Abuja that if the operatives of the commission are investigating corruption matter they do not need to intimate the accused; rather they prefer to take them unaware.

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