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Politics of Friday, 2 September 2022


Lists of 11 powerful ex-governors whose corruption cases have been swept under carpet

A collage of some top governors A collage of some top governors

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since its establishment has had good reason to prosecute ex-governors for alleged misappropriation of state funds.

However, due to the immunity conferred on these governors by the constitution, the anti-graft agency will have to suspend any prosecution until the expiration of their term in office before they swing into action.

The most recent arrest was former governors of Anambra and Imo, Willie Obiano and Rochas Okorocha.

The powers they wield have also made it impossible for the anti-graft agency to convert the trials into convictions.

It is important to note that many of the accused former governors in these corruption cases still hold or seek elections in public offices.

Last year, EFCC chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa, no less than 978 corrupt Nigerians were convicted between January and September 2021, adding that the anti-graft agency was winning the corruption war.

Below is the list of the former governors and their states:

Abdulaziz Yari – Zamfara

Theodore Orji – Abia

Tanko Al-Makura – Nasarawa

Godswill Akpabio – Akwa Ibom

Abdulfatah Ahmed – Kwara

Aliyu Wamakko – Sokoto

Ali Modu Sheriff – Borno

Rabiu Kwankwaso – Kano

Willie Obiano – Anambra

Bukola Saraki – Kwara

Bola Tinubu – Lagos

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