Recently, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, said that 55 public officials stole N1.34 trillion from public funds between 2006 and 2013. He went further to say that amongst these 55 former public office holders are 15 former governors, four former ministers, 12 former public servants both at Federal and state levels, eight bankers and 11 businessmen.
The minister said all we need to do to know who these people are is to look into EFCC records and court cases between those locust years.
ENCOMIUM Weekly, in its characteristic investigative style went into the archives of the EFCC to dig out some of the alleged thieves…
Mr. Ayo Fayose, the Governor of Ekiti state was taken to Federal High Court, Ekiti in December 2009, on 51 court charge of N1.9 billion poultry scam. The case has not been disposed of.
Joshua Dariye, the former governor of Plateau state’s case of N700 million money laundering is still pending in court.
Mr. Saminu Turaki, the former governor of Jigawa state, who later became a senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria still has N36 billion case hanging on his neck in court.
Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia State, who is doing everything to become a senator has N6 billion case to answer in court, according to EFCC.
James Ibori, the former governor of Delta state, who is serving a jail term in London for another case of money laundering, has since 2009 been charged to court for a N9.2 billion fraud committed as the governor of the state.
Lucky Igbinedion, the former governor of Edo state, has a N4.3 billion case to answer. Though he applied for a plea bargain after he was convicted, the EFCC has appealed the judgment to seek stiffer sanctions.
Reverend Jolly Nyame, the former governor of Taraba State is allegedly holding N180 million of the state fund in his pocket.
Mr. Michael Botmang, a former acting governor of Plateau State has been in court for some years now to explain how N1.5 billion state fund disappeared from the treasury.
Boni Haruna, the former governor of Adamawa state is yet to account for N254 million of the state fund, according to EFCC.
Senator Rasheed Ladoja, the former governor of Oyo state, has a pending case of N6 billion to answer in the law court, according to EFCC.
Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, the former governor of Nasarawa state, is still battling with a N15 billion case with EFCC in court.
Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, the former governor of Sokoto is still in court over a N15 billion state fund in his care that he could not account for.
Mrs. Adenike Grange, the former Minister of Health’s case of N300 million is still pending. Though the court discharged her from facing further prosecution, EFCC still listed her case as unresolved.
Senator Iyabo Obasanjo‘s 56 count charge of N10 million is listed by EFCC as one of the high profile cases yet to be resolved.
Mr. Roland Iyayi, the former Managing Director of Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, is still answering questions in court on N5.6 billion disappearance.
Mr. Kenny Martins, former in-law of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and one time chairman of Police Equipment Fund, still has a case to answer on N774 million of the Police Equipment Fund money.
Mr. Nyesom Wike, the incumbent governor of Rivers State, was taken to court by EFCC on a count charge of N4.67 billion when he was Chief of Staff of Rivers state. Though the court quashed the case, EFCC already appealed the judgement.
Professor Babalola Borishade, former Minister of Aviation, has an 11 court charge of N5.6 billion still on-going in court.
Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and company were charged to court on the rural electrification scam worth N5.2 billion. The case has been quashed by Abuja High Court.
Professor B. Sokan Molkat Muttwang Michael Aule, Andrew Ekpunobi (all rectors with Federal government) connived with an American – Alexander Cozman to defraud the government of N636 million. The case is still pending in court.
Dr. Ransome Owan, Mr. Abdulrahman Ado, Mr. Abdulrasak Alimi, Mr. Onwuamaeze Iloeje, Mrs. Grace Eyoma, Mr. Mohammed Bunu and Mr. Abimbola Odubiyi all of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, who corruptly enriched themselves to the tune of N1.5 billion. The case is still in court.
Dr. Yugada Manu Kaihama, chairman Taraba State Civil Service Commission, arraigned on 37 count charge for not giving account of N17 million.
Francis Atuche, former Chief Executive Officer of defunct Bank PHB arraigned on a 26 count charge of N80 billion.
Francis Okokuro, Bayelsa State Accountant General, who was arraigned for the disappearance of N2.4 billion.
Erastus Akingbola, the former Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of defunct Intercontinental Bank and his business associate, Mr. Bayo Dada, arraigned on 12 count charge of stealing N47.1 billion belonging to the bank.
Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Oyo State and Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola, who was his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, still have an 11 count charge of N11 billion contract fraud in the state.
Senator Danjuma Goje, a former governor of Gombe state and a serving Senator still has N52 billion case hanging on his neck.
Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, the former speaker of House of Representatives also has a N9 billion contract scam case to answer in court, according to the EFCC’s record.
Alhaja Kudirat Adeleke, the former Head of Service, Oyo state and others were arraigned before Oyo State High Court over a N5.6 billion theft at the Local Government Pensions Board.
Mrs. Veronica Onyegbula and seven others were arraigned before an Abuja High Court over N32.8 billion pension scam in the Federal civil service.
Esai Dangabai, retired director in the Ministry of Aviation. Atiku Abubakar Kigo, Ahmed Wada are all facing 20 count charge of the misappropriation of about N23 billion pension funds,
Mr. Sunday Ehindero, former Inspector General of Police and one John Obaniyi, have a six count charge of embezzlement of N16 million hanging on their necks.
Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, former Minister of Special Duties and former chairman of PDP, alongside two others have a 17 count charge of conspiracy and award of fictitious contracts worth N107 million against them in court.
Dr. Bartholomew, the former Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank Plc and three others were arraigned before a Federal High Court on 28 counts for N187 billion fraud.
Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru, former Chief Executive Officer of defunct Oceanic Bank Plc was arraigned on 25 count charge of stealing N160.2 billion belonging to the bank. Her case was probably the only one that was concluded by the court in 2010.
She was jailed 18 months in 2010, after she entered a plea bargain with EFCC, in which she forfeited assets and shares worth N191 billion.
Raymond Obeiri, former chairman of defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc and six others were charged to court for N131.8 billion fraud.
Sebastian Adigwe, Peter Ololo of Falcon Securities Ltd were charged to court for N277.3 billion fraud.
Hamman Bello Hammed, former Controller General of Customs and six others were in court for N2.5 billion fraud.
Senator Sani Yerima, the former governor of Zamfara state was arraigned in court over N1 billion misappropriation.
Hon. T. Faniyi, Albert Soje and others were in court over a N3 billion fraud.
Sunday Akinyemi, former Chief Executive Officer of Taxes Connection Ferries was arraigned for N90 billion fraud.
Oladele Shittu, Chief Executive Officer of Credence Investments was arraigned before a Kaduna High Court for N139 billion fraud.
- TOLANI ABATTI