Police Recover N18 Million, $19,000 From Senator’s Residence

Danjuma Goje
Danjuma Goje

A total of N18 million, $19,000 and 4,000 Saudi riyals was recovered from the Abuja residence of former Governor of Gombe State, Danjuma Goje.

Operatives of the force on Thursday raided Goje’s house located in the Asokoro area of Abuja.

Goje, now a serving member of the Senate, is already being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on corruption charges.

It was initially reported that the operation was conducted by men of the EFCC but spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwajuren, issued a statement saying that was not the case.

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Going by the current foreign exchange rate, $19,000 dollars is equal to about N5.8 million, while 4,000 Saudi riyals exchanges for N326,000.

Unconfirmed reports say the operation was based on information by a whistle blower.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, could not be reached to confirm the development as calls to his phone were not answered.

But a police source confirmed to reporters that “Our men were there for between four and five hours and they carried out a thorough search.”

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It was reported that Goje, who is currently the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriations, was still at the National Assembly when the raid was conducted by the police.

His family members were reportedly traumatised at the sight of stern looking police officers who reportedly broke down doors and turned boxes in the house upside down.

This is coming few days after the EFCC recovered $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos state.

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The money which was later claimed by the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, has been temporarily forfeited to the federal government on the orders of the federal high court, Lagos, while the Director-General of the NIA, Ayodele Oke, has been suspended pending the outcome of investigations.

A three-man panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been set up to investigate the matter.