Names of 31 Former Governors EFCC has Arrested Since Its Establishment in 2003

Names of 31 Former Governors EFCC has Arrested Since Its Establishment in 2003

  • No less than 31 former governors have been arrested by the EFCC for different financial misconduct
  • The governors cannot be arrested because of the immunity they enjoy while in office, thus, the anti-graft agency has to wait till the end of their tenure before they were arrested
  • Section 308 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, provided the immunity for the executives to protest the integrity of the office

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), since its establishment in 2003 by the administration of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, has arrested no less than 30 governors at the end of the immunity.

Following the recent activities of the commission,, decided to bring to your notice the number of state governors that have been arrested by the agency since its establishment.

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31 Former governors EFCC has arrested since it was founded in 2003 Photo Credit: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
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The antigraft agency investigates financial crimes, mostly advanced fee fraud and money laundering.

Most recent arrest ex-governor

The most recent among the former governors is the arrest of Willie Obiano, the ex-governor of Anambra state.

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Obiano was arrested immediately he lost immunity because he had been on the country’s corruption list since he was in government.

Most of the arrested governors are accused of abusing state contracts and diverting government money for personal use.

Section 308 of the 1999 constitution, as amended, provided immunity for state governors as some of them control budgets bigger than some African countries.

Below is the list of the 30 former governors:

  1. Willie Obiano of Anambra
  2. James Ibori of Delta
  3. Rochas Okorocha of Imo
  4. Bukola Saraki of Kwara
  5. Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia state
  6. Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state
  7. Gabriel Suswam of Benue state
  8. Audu Abubakar for Kogi State
  9. Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa state
  10. Aliyu Akwe Doma of Nasarawa state
  11. Joshua Dariye of Plateau state
  12. Jonah Jang of Plateau state
  13. James Bala Ngilari of Adamawa state
  14. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state
  15. Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno state
  16. Danjuma Goje of Gombe state
  17. Jolly Nyame of Taraba state
  18. Sule Lamido of Jigawa state
  19. Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto state
  20. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state
  21. Theodore Orji of Abia state
  22. Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu state
  23. Sullivan Chime of Enugu state
  24. Ikedi Ohakim of Imo state
  25. Godswill Akpabi of Akwa Ibom state
  26. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha of Bayelsa state
  27. Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa state
  28. Lucky Igbinedion of Edo state
  29. Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun state
  30. Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo state
  31. Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo state

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Some of the ex-governors are either holding other elective positions or contesting in the 2023 elections

Top on the list is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and his counterpart in the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso


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