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1 Aug 2016

Why former governors must face corruption charges – FG

 YEARS after leaving office, many former governors suspected to have looted the resources of their states are to face criminal prosecution.
As a prelude to taking on the suspects, who are no fewer than 31 in number, the Federal Government recently raised a national prosecution team made up of eminent Nigerian lawyers to review all the corruption cases already investigated by anti-graft agencies over the years.
File photo: Cross section of Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
Ironically, many of the suspects left office as early as 2003, while the rest ended their tenure and lost immunity from prosecution between 2007 and 2015 but were never questioned by any of the agencies.
Most of them were reportedly investigated by the Justice Mustapha Akanbi-led Independent Corrupt Practices and other offices Commission, ICPC, while others were probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The Buhari administration, whose major agenda is to eradicate corruption from the polity, is said to be upset that the suspected politically exposed persons have not been brought to justice, thereby giving fillip to many other politicians to loot with impunity.
The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, confirmed to Vanguard at the weekend, that all the corruption cases against the former governors were being reviewed.
“I can confirm that all the cases referred to are being reviewed to ensure that those who have cases are brought to book, while those who have no case are cleared once and for all,” the minister said.
Plans to revoke Odili, others’ cases
Vanguard learned from competent sources that the Federal Government had also begun moves to revoke the perpetual injunction secured by former Rivers State governor, Dr. Peter Odili, to pave the way for his trial over alleged mismanagement of N100 billion by his administration.
The government is said to be making the point that the judge who granted the injunction worked against the overall interest of justice as the constitution of Nigeria didn’t give the judge the power to permanently protect a suspect from being investigated and tried for financial crimes
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