Five former governors seem not be enjoying their
retirement from office as the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) has beam its searchlight
on their activities when they were their state chief
These governors having exhausted their immunity
from prosecution, have now become regular guests
of the EFCC where they are answering questions
bordering on their alleged misdeeds while in
office.According Leadership, these are the former
governors that are under EFCC watch list.
Former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala
Nyako,73, has not been having happy moment since
he was impeached by the Adamawa State House of
Assembly on allegation of misappropriation of state
Following his impeached, he was declared wanted by
EFCC alongside his son, Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako, in
February this year. Before the anti-graft agency could
begin his prosecution, he allegedly flee the country.
Nyako and his son are wanted for alleged criminal
conspiracy, stealing, money laundering and abuse of
After returning from his self-imposed exile,he turns
himself in for the EFCC to question him on the
allegation of money laundering to the tune of
N15billion. He was grilled for hours and later
released because of his age and his health situation.
Nyako had earlier said that his prosecution by the
EFCC was a witch-hunt and selective justice instituted
by the administration of former President Goodluck
Jonathan. At the time being, the EFCC has not
disclosed it next line of action on this case.
The immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule
Lamido, whose son has been having a running battle
with EFCC on allegation of money laundering was
invited by the agency some weeks back. He honours
the invitation and was questioned for hours.
Lamido came under EFCC watch for allegedly
awarding contracts running to billions to companies
link to his family members. At the stand now, the
commission has not arraigned on these charges.
Ex-governor of Bayelsa State and a chieftain of the All
Progressives Congress (APC), Timipre Sylva, is
currently face prosecution instituted by the ant-graft
commission.He is facing a six-count criminal charge
for an alleged illegal diversion of state’s fund during
The count includes the disappearance of N6.5 billion
from the state’s coffer between October 2009 and
February, 2010. Sylva international passport is still
held by the court to avoid the governor to ‘jump’ bail.
The bail amount that was granted by the court is
N100 million with a surety with property in Abuja
worth same amount .
Though another 42-count charge in an Abuja High
Court, which it was alleged that he made away with
the state fund totaling N19.2 billion was dismissed in
controversial manner. But the ex-governor is not
totally free from the EFCC as the commission is
making sure that all charges against the governor is
brought to a conclusive end.
Former Ebonyi state governor, Martin Elechi, is not
left out in the EFCC watch list. The 74 years Martin
was invited on Tuesday, June 16 by the commission
to explain his part in the alleged theft of millions of
naira in the a asphalt contract for the state’s 13 local
The contract was said to have been poorly executed
and the contract was allegedly awarded to the former
governer’s son, Elechi Nnanna Elechi.
Aside of this allegation, the septuagenarian is also
said to be asked to explain all he knows about
misappropriation of funds provided to be used for
The former governor has not been arraigned on
these allegations yet, but it seem EFCC is gathering
enough facts on this.
The former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, also
is facing hard time with EFCC as he was arrested
about 8am in his Asokoro residence, Abuja, on
Thursday, June 18, by the operatives of the
Ohakim was arrested over properties he allegedly
acquired which the anti-graft agency had traced to
his name. Also, the cases brought against him
include alleged misappropriation of N18bn bond
loans obtained on behalf of Imo State government.
He was charged with an alleged withdrawal of about
N1 billion from the state account a day before he left
office as governor.
The ex-governor arrests follow his failure to honor a
earlier invitation that was extended to him the
agency. He has been arrested, interrogated and later
released but as it stands he does not know what may
be his fate at the end of the day.