The Economic and Financial Crime Commission has noted that arrested governors who allegedly looted their states, diverting resources to personal coffers will face trial in their respective states so their victims can witness the enormity of their crimes during trial. Their plea for leniency to be tried in Abuja has been rejected by the anti graft agency, signalling a new momentum and drastic effort to disgrace those traitor governors.
Former Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe state has surrendered himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, after several weeks in hiding following request by the anti graft agency that he should give himself up for investigation in a large scale looting of state resources.
The former governor volunteered to show up at the headquarters of the EFCC knocking on the door at 5:30 am on Monday. He had used the wee hours to shove off media attention and the embarrassment of being sighted by members of the public after touching down from a holiday trip to the United Kingdom. He was however placed under arrest immediately and currently facing interrogation.
EFCC sources declaring Goje wanted had issued a warrant of arrest last week over massive conversion of state fund into personal pockets. More than 70 billion naira ($450 million) in public funds, especially a huge chunk of Sate security votes was allegedly diverted to personal coffers. Sources said more revelations are being compiled about Goje’s financial mismanagement of state funds during his tenure as Gombe state governor.
Mr. Goje, who is currently a senator, spent two terms (a total of eight years) as the governor of Gombe state.
Many Nigerian States governors characteristically are known to divert sate security votes to personal accounts outright.
In a similar development, EFCC has claimed to be compiling comprehensive investigative report on former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
The ‘Ogidi Omo’ of Ogun State elitist political club had spent the weekend under locks as his proposed trial gathers momentum. A strong team of EFCC lawyers are currently preparing comprehensive charges against him.
Source indicated that a team of EFCC lawyers led by Rotimi Jacobs was working hard to compile the charges against the two-term former governor of Ogun State.
The source said that EFCC officials had uncovered how Mr. Daniel extensively looted funds from his state over the last eight years.
However, the three other governors arrested last week among them Alao Akala of Oyo State, are likely to be transferred to their respective States to face fraud charges and abuse of office.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is said to have rejected their pleadings to be tried in Abuja for alleged N101 billion fraud.
Alao-Akala is accused of N25 billion fraud, Daniel, N58 billion and Doma, N18 billion.
Sources hinted last night that they may also be charged with money laundering in different Foreign Banks.and the case may soon commence in the Federal High Court.
International Passports belonging to all the arrested former governors; Governors Gbenga Daniel (Ogun State), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo State) and Aliyu Akwe-Doma (Nasarawa State) have been seized by EFCC.
In a Communiqué signed by the Executive Committee of the Seminar and issued at the end of the three-day event, participants expressed worries over “prolonged delay in the trial of corruption cases”, saying it is “creating doubt in the mind of the public as to the sincere commitment of the relevant stakeholders in the anti-corruption crusade”