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AGF To Reopen Corruption Cases Against 30 Ex-Governors

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami
Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is set to reopen corruption cases against some former governors for which they have been investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC.

THE PUNCH newspaper reported on Tuesday that the ICPC received a letter from the office of the AGF, giving the anti-graft agency a directive to that effect.

According to the report, some of the ex-governors had been convicted for charges preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Others are currently undergoing trial on charges initiated against them by the EFCC at either the various divisions of the Federal High Court or the High Courts of their home states.

Names of the affected ex-governors were not disclosed as further investigations could be necessary but it was gathered that about five of them are now serving senators while some had served as senators after completing two terms as governors.

The affected personalities, it was learnt, are from all the six geopolitical zones in the country and belonged to the two dominant political parties, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

THE PUNCH reported a reliable source as confirming to it that former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who is currently serving prison sentence in the United Kingdom for fraud-related charges was on the list.

Two former governors from the South-South, Five from the South-East, and three from the South-West are said to be on the list; as well as six from the North-West; six from the North-East, and eight from the North-Central.

The cases against some of these former governors had reportedly been investigated some years ago but charges were never filed against them.

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