No fewer than 31 former governors may be in fresh trouble as the Federal Government plans to reopen corruption cases for which they were earlier investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
According to The Punch, majority of the former governors are either currently undergoing investigations or had been arraigned by the anti-graft agency for alleged corruption.
The former governors, it was gathered, having failed to get the commission to either drop the cases against them or to frustrate the cases in courts, thus, the government through the office of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abukakar Malami, has ordered the commission to immediately reopen the cases.
The affected governors are those who served for either one or two terms between 1999 and 2015.
The ex-governors include some, who had been convicted for charges preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Some of the former governors under trial are Former governor of Jigawa state, Saminu Turaki; former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu; former governor of Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame; former governor of Enugu State, Chimaraoke Nnamani; former governor of Plateau State, Michael Botman ,former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna and former governor of Nasarawa State, Adamu Abdulahi.
It was learnt that the ex-states’ chief executive officers had started lobbying the police authorities and the Police Service Commission to post their former police aides to the office of anti-graft commission as investigators.
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was said to have been surprised to discover that a former Aide-De-Camp to an ex-governor from a North-Central, who is undergoing trial for alleged corruption, was working at a sensitive position at the commission.
The aide, a Superintendent of Police (name withheld), was posted to the commission and was made an investigator. The affected officer have been transferred to the Police for reassignment.
Though the operative was not queried for any misconduct, the commission was said to have been worried that the police officer could be used by his immediate boss to truncate the case against him.