3 Ex-Governors Who Might End Up In Jail

1. Murtala Nyako and son (Adamawa): The former
governor who was impeached by members of the then Adamawa state House of
Assembly was declared wanted by the EFCC on February 4, 2014, alongside
his son, Abdulazeez.  They were accused for criminal conspiracy,
stealing, abuse of office and money laundering. The EFCC also swooped on
some key officials of the Nyako government and arrested and questioned
them over the alleged massive looting of the  state’s treasury.

As the EFCC commenced its investigation, they uncovered various
questionable cash withdrawals that were made from the Joint State/Local
Government account of the state. As at the time of writing this
report, Abdulazeez is the senator representing Adamawa Central
Senatorial District. The governor’s first son got elected to the upper
chamber despite his well publicised trial with the EFCC.

According to the EFCC, Abdulazeez had immense control of the state’s
finances to the extent that over N15billion were traced to accounts of
five companies owned by him. The dup are on administrative bail as the
case still drag on in the courts.

2. Martin Elechi and son (Ebonyi):  January 29,
2015, the EFCC arrested Nnanna, the son of the former governor on
allegations of money laundry. Nnanna was said to have awarded
questionable contracts to his family’s company  running into billions of
naira, which the EFCC says were never executed till his dad’s tenure
elapsed.

Some top officials of the Elechi administration were also invited for
questioning by the anti-graft body in Abuja. They were all accused of
being part of the  fraud that the EFCC said went on unabated under
Eelchi’s watch. At the time the EFCC’s investigations were ongoing, the
Ebonyi state House of Assembly had made concrete moves to impeach the
governor while accusing him of aiding his son to inflate contracts
and using state funds for private gains.

Elechi was arrested by the EFCC and was questioned  in Abuja after
leaving office. He washowever  granted partial bail on June 17, 2015 and
asked to report to the commission again.

3. Sule Lamido and his sons (Jigawa): The travails
of the Lamidos began after the governor’s his first son, Aminu,  was
arrested by the EFCC in December 2012, with cash amounting to $50, 000
at the Aminu Kano International Airport Kano.  When the news wet public,
the senior Lamido quickly released a statement debunking the
allegations made against his son by the EFCC that he was involved in
money laundering.

The former governor claimed  Aminu was taking his daughter to an
Egyptian hospital for  treatment. But barely one year after, Aminu and
his brother, Mustapha, were arrested by the EFCC in Kano and flown to
Abuja for interrogation  by the anti-graft body. Reports surfaced in the
media then that monies belonging to the state government were being
moved to companies owned by the Lamidos.

For instance, between June 2010 and August 2013, over N1.5billion was
paid into an account in Skye Bank belonging to Bamaina Aluminium
Limited, a company which has Mr. Lamido and his sons; Aminu and Mustapha
as directors, according tot the EFCC.

However, on July 14, 2015,  an Abuja high Court granted the trio
bail. They were admitted to a N25 million bail bond each, while the
court held on to their passports.

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