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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Alleged Looting: Buhari Sets To Nab Former Governor Suswam,Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu And Others

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is leaving no stone unturned in entrenching the fight against corruption, amid the President’s disposition towards ensuring that all ex-governors who allegedly looted treasuries of their respective states will face prosecution.

Checks by Newspot Nigeria are indicating that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is at the moment studying petitions bothering on looting of treasuries leveled against some former governors, and will soon be moving to nab them at the nick of time.
Top on the list of former governors whose cases are being seriously considered by the EFCC include those of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, Benue, Gabriel Suswam and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State.
None of the ex-governors, according to findings, are in Nigeria at the moment as they reportedly left the country shortly after the change of government in their respective states on May 29.
Reports are revealing that although President Buhari has not openly issued an order for probe of the ex-governors, he had stiffly rebuffed all entreaties made to him for intervention on the governors currently facing trials.
The EFCC has been cashing-in on the anti-corruption posturing of President Buhari to press charges against ex-governors, with Sule Lamido and his two sons, Ikhedi Ohakim, Admiral Murtala Nyako and his son as well as ex governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva, currently having issues with the anti-graft agency.
Already, the new government in Niger State had cried wolf on a loan obtained by Babangida Aliyu on behalf of the state and from where he allegedly looted the sum of N3 billion before exiting from power.
The state government had asked him to return the loot to treasury, while 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.
Babangida Aliyu is said to be shuttling between Saudi Arabia and Dubai in attempts to cover tract on his movements and exact place of abode outside Nigeria.
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia was said to have initially denied him visa to travel, but the governor reportedly asked for the intervention of top traditional rulers from the North to make the embassy backed down.
In the same vein, the current government of Bauch State is said to be pushing for investigation by the EFCC of Isa Yuguda on alleged treasury looting.
Recent report of recovery of 22 exotic cars by the state government from just two wives of the former governor had further dented his public image, all affirming how he had mismanaged the economy of the state.
The former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam is also not good to his state allegedly, given the allegations of high level of pillaging of state’s treasury leveled against him.
In addition to leaving a huge debt profile for Benue State, Suswam, according to reports left the treasury of the state empty.
His predecessor who could not stomach the alleged looting of the state’s treasury and had once cried out stating, “I met an empty treasury which if it is qualified, it can be put at 10 times-minus zero.
“When the allocation in the month of May came, there was an overdraft of about N1.9b and because of transition, the banks have held the facility”
Officials of government in separate chats with Newspot Nigeria indicated that none of the governors currently under watch by the anti-graft agencies will escape judgment no matter where they ran to.
One of them alluded to the cases of James Ibori, Joshua Dariye, Murtala Nyako and others who ran out of Nigeria to escape the hands of the law, but later returned to Nigeria only to be apprehended and placed under trial.

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