EFCC revives N772bn fraud cases against ex-govs and ministers

EFCC revives N772bn fraud cases against ex-govs and ministers

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By Akinsuroju Olubunmi

EFCC revives N772bn fraud cases against ex-govs and ministers.

EFCC revives N772bn fraud cases against ex-govs and ministers

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reopened money laundering cases involving 13 former governors and ministers, totaling over N853.8bn. Among those under scrutiny are Fayose, Kwankwaso, Nnamani, Lamido, Sylva, and others, with amounts reaching N772.2bn. The investigation also includes the alleged misappropriation of N81.6bn in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

The anti-graft agency is examining $2.2bn linked to arms procurement, diverted by individuals like Dasuki, Dokpesi, Bafarawa, and Yuguda. Former governors like Fayemi, Fayose, Matawalle, Nnamani, and others are facing probes for various fraud allegations, ranging from N4bn to N70bn.

Despite the political stature of the individuals involved, the EFCC, led by Chairman Ola Olukoyede, is committed to impartial investigations. Recent cases, including those of former ministers Agunloye and Umar-Farouk, reveal a broader effort to tackle corruption across different sectors.

Olukoyede emphasized the agency’s dedication to reviewing and revisiting all high-profile cases, ensuring that corruption allegations against former or current public officials are thoroughly addressed.

As the EFCC intensifies its efforts, key figures such as Diezani are also under investigation for money laundering involving billions of naira and dollars. The commission is not sparing politically exposed persons, demonstrating a commitment to upholding the rule of law.

In response to a protest urging the review of Matawalle’s case, the EFCC assured that no one is above the law, and all cases will be thoroughly examined. The chairman emphasized that if wrongdoing is established, legal actions will be taken, underscoring the EFCC’s commitment to accountability.

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