Alleged corruption: Uncertainty as clampdown on outgoing governors begin

Alleged corruption: Uncertainty as clampdown on outgoing governors begin

- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to begin prosecution of some outgoing governors

- The EFCC reveals that it has put in place measures to ensure none of those affected escapes from the country

- The anti-graft agency discloses that the prosecution of some of the governors would begin immediately after they hand over power

There may be panic in the camps of outgoing governors in Nigeria as the country’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), begins a probe into their activities.

Legit.ng understands that the EFCC said it would begin the prosecution of the outgoing governors whose alleged cases of corruption had been established.

According to Daily Sun, the EFCC said the prosecution of the outgoing governors would begin as soon as they hand over on May 29.

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The report added that the agency revealed that steps had been taken to ensure that affected outgoing governors do not escape from the country.

The agency, it was learnt, did not mention the names of the governors that are affected.

However, governors who will leave office by May 29, include Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).

The fates of the governors of Sokoto, Adamawa , Bauchi, Plateau, Benue, Kano, Rivers are still hanging as a result of the inconclusive elections declared in the various states by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Tony Orilade, the spokesperson of the agency, reportedly disclosed further that governors found to have bought votes during the recent general elections would be prosecuted.

"We will go after them when they no longer enjoy constitutional immunity. That will be after May 29. Any person who has a question to answer will be invited to answer the question," he said.

Concerning the alleged withdrawal of large amount of money for vote buying, the EFCC spokesperson said: “We have already gone after them. But don’t forget that the extent of their involvement will be determined by the investigation that is ongoing.

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"And until that investigation is concluded we cannot come up to say this is what the true position is on the matter.

"Just wait and see. We are doing our job here. Although the constitution provides for immunity for governors, it does not stop investigation of them.

"What I can I tell you is that after May 29, some of the former governors will answer to some of the things they did.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that the EFCC denied reports that its operatives raided a farm linked to suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, in Nasarawa state.

The report said that the anti-corruption said it was unaware of the purported raid reportedly carried out by a cameraman and some policemen on the farm in Masaka area of the northern state.

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