The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) looks set to dock more ex-governors who have questionable records in line President Muhammadu Buhari’s quest to recover the country’s stolen monies.
This follows rigorous grilling already dished out to ex-governors like Martin Elechi, former governor of Ebonyi state and Sullivan Chime, former governor of Enugu state.
On the heels of alleged laundering of state funds, three ex-governors may also been in EFCC’s watch list.
These former governors whose cases may be seriously considered by the EFCC include Babangida Aliyu of Niger state, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state and Gabriel Suswam of Benue state.
Interestingly, the three former governors reportedly left the country shortly after the change of government in their respective states on May 29.
However, the EFCC may cash-in on the anti-corruption posturing of President Buhari to press charges against these ex-governors.
In Niger state, the new government led by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has asked for the immediate refund of the N2.9 billion, allegedly obtained illegally by the immediate past government on the eve of departure.
Aliyu left a debt of N57bn for his successor. This immediately prompted the Niger state House of Assembly directive to Governor Bello to probe how his predecessor the state’s resource when he held sway as governor for eight years.
In July, six vehicles allegedly taken away without due diligence of the law by the former governor Aliyu Babaginda and his wife Hajiya Jummai Babangida Aliyu, were recovered at their Abuja home.
This was disclosed in a statement by Ibrahim Dooba, the chief press secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
The governor’s spokesperson said the vehicles were two Range Rover Jeeps, two saloons and a Mercedes Benz station wagon, as well as Hilux van recovered from one of his aides.
The EFCC is said to have started the probe of numerous petitions filed against the former governor, all bothering on alleged corrupt enrichment at the expense of the state’s resources.
In the similar vein, the current government of Bauchi state is said to be pushing for investigation by the EFCC of former governor Isa Yuguda on alleged treasury looting.