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EFCC Reopens Money Laundering Cases Involving Former Governors and Ministers

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reopened money laundering cases against 13 former governors and some ex-ministers, with amounts involved totaling over N853.8bn.

The high-profile cases include investigations into N772.2bn linked to former governors and ministers, along with ongoing inquiries into the alleged looting of N81.6bn in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Additionally, $2.2bn is under scrutiny for money laundering, fund diversion, and misappropriation, with individuals such as Sambo Dasuki, Raymond Dokpesi, Attahiru Bafarawa, and Bashir Yuguda implicated. The funds were initially intended for arms procurement in support of the fight against terrorism but were allegedly laundered and diverted.

Former governors facing investigation include Kayode Fayemi, Ayo Fayose, Bello Matawalle, Chimaroke Nnamani, Sullivan Chime, Abdullahi Adamu, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Peter Odili, Theodore Orji, Danjuma Goje, Aliyu Wamako, Timipre Sylva, and Sule Lamido.

The EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, has directed investigators to handle these cases without prejudice, emphasizing that no one, regardless of social or political status, should be treated differently.

The commission is also probing former ministers Olu Agunloye and Sadiya Umar-Farouk over an alleged $6bn fraud on the Mambilla Power Project and an alleged N37.1bn fraud, respectively.

All high-profile cases are currently under review, reaffirming the commitment of the EFCC to pursue justice without discrimination.


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