FG To Start Prosecution Of Ex-Governors, Saraki, Peter Odili, Danjuma, Others

The Federal Government, through its newly set up National Prosecution Coordination Committee, is set to start filing fraud charges against big looter, including former governors this October.

The NAPCC and some of the special teams of prosecutors, pooled together by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had commenced the review of the corruption cases involving some of the former governors and politically-exposed persons.

A top member of the NPCC revealed that 

the preliminary issues would be completed soon and the Federal Government’s teams of prosecutors would start filing charges against some of the ex-governors.

According to The Punch, anti-graft agencies and other law enforcement bodies with prosecutorial powers had since complied with the directive issued by the AGF in August, asking them to remit the duplicate files of the high profile cases they were handling to the NPCC.

A source familiar with the ongoing review of the cases said, “You will recall that before the NAPCC 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.

“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 the agencies have responded to the AGF’s directive and the NPCC is now reviewing the files.”

The source added that the files had been distributed to some prosecuting teams, each comprising four lawyers, also recently pooled together by the Federal Government through the AGF.

The source stated, “We don’t want to rush to court. We have asked some of our teams of prosecutors to look into the files and review the evidence and draft charges where there is sufficient evidence.

“After the review is completed, we will hold a conference of all the lawyers to review the drafted charges before filing.

“We expect that all these will be concluded soon and we start filing the charges before the end of this month.”

Names of those on the list are:
Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is a former Governor of Kwara; Godswill Akpabio, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom; PDP chairman 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); Lucky Igbindedion (Edo) and the man who got perpetual injunction, Peter Odili (Rivers).

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