Anti-Graft War: EFCC Nabs Former Governor


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested and detained the former governor of Kebbi state, Saidu Dakingari.

According to the report, the former governor is being interrogated by operatives of EFCC Kano zone for his alleged involvement in the sharing of N450 million PDP campaign slush fund.

Saidu Dakingari is also being asked to give an explanation of how another amount of N550 million state funds was diverted to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the 2015 presidential campaigns.

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The media head of the anti-graft agency in Kano, Mr. Medard Ehimika, revealed through a statement on Thursday, that Dakingari is co-operating with operatives in the investigations.

The EFCC first arrested ex-governor Dakingari in October 2015 over alleged mismanagement of N3.8 billion. A reliable source in EFCC, who spoke in confidence, disclosed that the invitation of the ex-governor followed a petition on non-execution of some contracts in Kebbi State when he was in charge.

Before his arrest in October, operatives of the agency had grilled Dakingari’s wife, Hajiya Zainab (the daughter of late President Umaru Yar’Adua) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed, over alleged N2 billion contracts and money laundering in the state.

Meanwhile, the chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, raised an alarm on Thursday, June 23, after discovering that some of his associates were using his name to dupe unsuspecting people.

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In a statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Magu said some people close to him have been using their position to turn themselves into fake agents of the commission to extort money from suspects under investigation.

The statement also revealed that some of these criminals cloned the phone number of Magu, using same to illegally solicit funds while some opened fake Facebook accounts in the name of the EFCC boss and proceeded to use same to con unsuspecting citizens.