• Lamido, Elechi to appear June 16 and 17

efccApparently set to bite, the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
is to arrest six former governors in the
immediate past democratic dispensation
over their roles in alleged looting of their
various states treasury put at a whopping
N1.39 trillion.
Only on May 29, 2015, the affected
governors (names withheld) lost their
The allegations against the former states
chief executives, of whom for now two
are from the ruling APC while the others
are PDP members, border on money
laundering, abuse of office, contract
inflation and outright theft.
Of the six governors, which the antigraft
agency has concluded preliminary
investigation on their activities, one is
from the South East, two from the North
West and three from the South-South zone
of the country.
The three South-South governors
alone are to be grilled over alleged
mismanagement of N800 billion, with a
breakdown of N320 billion, 280 billion and
200 billion respectively.
It is followed by the North West where
two of the governors are said to have
embezzled 450 billion, thus: N300 billion
and N150 billion correspondingly.
The South East governor is to answer
questions on how he mismanaged N140
A highly placed source at the
commission told Nigerian Pilot Sunday
at the weekend that formal letters of
invitation are to be immediately drafted
to the affected former governors through
the office of the Director of Operations, Ola
Olu Adegbite.
Meanwhile two other governors, Elechi
Martins of Ebonyi State and Sule Lamido
of Jigawa State are currently being quizzed by the anti-graft agency.
The duo were previously guest to the
commission and were drilled over alleged
diversion of funds.
Lamido is to answer questions on
alleged money laundering.
The allegations against Elechi bother
on mismanagement of the State/Local
Government Joint Account.
Although Lamido’s invitation letter
was dated June 9, he is expected for
interrogation Wednesday, June 17.
Elechi, who ought to appear on June 8,
wrote through his counsel that he would
be available on Tuesday June 16.
He sent his son, Nnanna, to the EFCC to
explain why he could not make it.
A highly placed source in EFCC gave
insights into the two ex-governors’
The source said, “We are going to quiz
Lamido on allegations relating to money
laundering. The EFCC had earlier put
one of his sons on trial and secured his
“We invited three of his children over
money laundering allegations too. All the
transactions having to do with money
laundering were allegedly traced to some
companies where ex-Governnor Lamido
has interest.
“On Elechi, he will face a team of
interrogators on alleged mismanagement
of funds in the State/Local Government
Joint Account.
“We have had outstanding allegations
against these former governors but they
all pleaded immunity. Now that they are
out of power, we can interact with them.”
The EFCC in January quizzed the
Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry
of Works, Cornelius Onwe; the Accountant
General, Edwin Igbele; ex-Commissioner
for Finance Timothy Ogbonnaya
Odaa; and ex- Commissioner for Local
Government and Chieftaincy Matters Cele
They were all drilled on alleged “illegal
deductions” from the Joint Account
for a failed Asphalt Project in 13 Local
Government Areas of the state by the
Elechi administration. Funds running into
billions of naira were allegedly deducted
from local government accounts.
On January 29, the ex-governor’s son,
Nnanna, was also quizzed for alleged
money laundering.
When contacted, the Head of Media and
Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren,
said, “We have invited the two former
governors for interaction.”
The former governors will be
interrogated by the EFCC because they
have lost their immunity since may29,
The Nigerian constitution guarantees
immunity for president and vice president
as well as governors and their deputies

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