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EFCC Distances Its Self From Corruption List Involving Ex-Governors

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Afor Kenneth 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clarified that it has no association with a purported list of ex-governors allegedly under investigation for corruption.

Reports circulating in the media falsely claimed that 58 former governors were being probed by the anti-graft agency for misappropriating N2.187 trillion over 25 years.

In a statement released on Sunday, EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale refuted these reports, labeling them as false and misleading. The agency disassociated itself from any such list and emphasized the inaccuracies of the claims.

He said the “so-called list is a disingenuous fabrication designed to achieve motives known only to the authors.”

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“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, feels obliged to dissociate itself from a phantom report circulating in sections of the media claiming it has released a full list of ex- governors being investigated for alleged corruption,” the statement read.

“The report headlined: “EFCC Releases Full List of 58 Ex- Governors that Embezzled N2 .187 Trillion”, in one of the news outlets, is false and mischievous as the Commission neither issued the said list nor entertained discussions on investigation of ex-governors with any news medium.”

The anti-graft agency has reiterated its call for the public to disregard the false and misleading report regarding former governors allegedly under investigation. They emphasized the importance of media practitioners cross-checking facts with the Commission to prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information.

In recent times, the EFCC has indeed been investigating several former governors for corruption and misappropriation of public funds. One such case involves the former Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who is facing charges of money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds amounting to N80.2 billion.

According to the EFCC, Bello allegedly withdrew $720,000 from the state’s accounts to pay his child’s school fees in advance shortly before leaving office on January 27, 2024.

The EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, revealed this information during a briefing at the Commission’s headquarters in the Jabi area of Abuja on April 23. It was alleged that Bello transferred the money to a Bureau de Change operator and used it to pay his child’s school fees in advance.

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knew he was leaving office, moved money directly from the government to Bureau de Change (and) used it to pay his child’s school fee in advance.

“Over $720,000 or thereabout, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House. In a poor state like Kogi? And you want me to close my eyes under the guise of ‘I’m being used’. Used by who? At this stage of my life? Used by who?

“I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case. I called for the case file and I said there are issues here.”

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