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These are the top politi­cians Buhari sent to jail

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has said that fight­ing cor­rup­tion head on, is one of the core respon­si­bil­i­ty of his admin­is­tra­tion and as such sev­er­al top for­mer polit­i­cal office hold­ers have been sent to jail.

Dai­ly Trust has made a list of these promi­nent politi­cians includ­ing for­mer gov­er­nors, min­is­ters and polit­i­cal par­ty chiefs that have been made to leave their pala­tial res­i­dences in high­brow areas of the coun­try to expe­ri­ence life in prison for engag­ing in cor­rupt prac­tices in office.

The report states that the incar­cer­a­tion of top shots illu­mi­nat­ed the pris­ons, made the plight of inmates known and in some cas­es brought mean­ing­ful changes as in the case of the Jos prison where the pres­ence of Sen­a­tor Jon­ah Jang, a for­mer gov­er­nor of the state, led to the restora­tion of pow­er sup­ply.

Two con­vic­tions have been secured under this admin­is­tra­tion, though the tri­al of the affect­ed per­sons start­ed long before now.

Besides those who have been to prison, there are oth­ers who are on self-exile in an effort to dodge the net of anti-cor­rup­tion agen­cies. In this cat­e­go­ry are the for­mer chair­man of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, a for­mer Petro­le­um Min­is­ter, Diezani Ali­son-Madueke and Jami­la Tangaza, a for­mer direc­tor of the Abu­ja Geo­graph­ic Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems (AGIS).

Yero at Kaduna Con­vict Prison

Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Kaduna State was recent­ly sent to prison.  With­in five years, Yero with­out con­test­ing an elec­tion became a com­mis­sion­er, deputy gov­er­nor and gov­er­nor.

Yero, who rose from a finance direc­tor in Nama­di Sambo’s firm (Nal­a­do Nige­ria Lim­it­ed) to became com­mis­sion­er for finance in 2007, deputy gov­er­nor in 2010 and gov­er­nor in Decem­ber 2012 fol­low­ing the death of Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in a heli­copter crash, spent about a week at the Kaduna Con­vict Prison.

He was in deten­tion from May 31 to June 6, 2018 togeth­er with a for­mer chair­man of the PDP in the state, Abubakar Gaya-Haruna; a for­mer Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment Hamza Ishaq and a for­mer Min­is­ter of Pow­er,  Nuhu Somo Wya. They are stand­ing tri­al over an alleged case of fraud insti­tut­ed against them by the Eco­nom­ic and Finan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC).

Jon­ah Jang lights up Jos prison

A for­mer gov­er­nor of Plateau State, retired Air Com­modore Jon­ah David Jang, was a ‘spe­cial guest’ at the Jos prison where he spent eight days.

The pres­ence of Jang, the sen­a­tor rep­re­sent­ing Plateau North Sen­a­to­r­i­al Dis­trict, led to the restora­tion of pow­er sup­ply at the prison.

Jang who was a mil­i­tary gov­er­nor of Benue, defunct Gongo­la and Plateau states  between 2007 and 2015, is fac­ing a 12-count charge of divert­ing N6.3bn along­side a for­mer cashier in the office of the Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment, Yusuf Pam. He plead­ed not guilty.

Bala Ngi­lari:  A con­vict with a choice

Per­haps, the case of a for­mer Adamawa State gov­er­nor, Bala James Ngi­lari, was the first con­vic­tion record­ed under this admin­is­tra­tion.

In March 2017, Ngi­lari was jailed and con­vict­ed for fail­ing to adhere to the pro­cure­ment laws of the state. In a 75-minute long rul­ing, Jus­tice Nathan Musa found the for­mer gov­er­nor guilty of four charges and dis­charged him on one, which bor­dered on con­spir­a­cy. He sen­tenced the for­mer gov­er­nor to five years in prison.

Nyame, a con­vict­ed Rev­erend

After over a decade tri­al, Rev­erend Jol­ly Nyame, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Tara­ba State, was con­vict­ed and sen­tenced to 14 years in prison for mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing funds while in office.

Jus­tice Ade­buko­la Ban­joko of the High Court of the Fed­er­al Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­to­ry in Gudu, Abu­ja, sent Nyame to jail for crim­i­nal breach of trust by mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing N1.64bn pre­ferred against him by the EFCC.

Born in 1955, Nyame was gov­er­nor of the state from Jan­u­ary 1992 to Novem­ber 1993. He also gov­erned the state from May 1999 to 2007.  His con­vic­tion was one of the land­mark suc­cess­es of the EFCC in recent times.

Nwao­boshi, a sen­a­tor in Kirikiri!

For 48 hours, Peter Nwao­boshi (PDP-Delta North) was a guest at the Kirikiri max­i­mum secu­ri­ty prison over an alleged N805m fraud pre­ferred against him by the EFCC.

Nwao­boshi who chairs the Sen­ate com­mit­tee on NDDC was arraigned along­side two com­pa­nies – Gold­en Touch Con­struc­tion Project Ltd and Sum­ming Elec­tri­cal Ltd – on a two-count charge of fraud and mon­ey laun­der­ing before Jus­tice Mohammed Idris. The Delta law­mak­er was grant­ed bail on self recog­ni­tion.

Lami­do and sons at Kur­mawa prison

Short­ly after this admin­is­tra­tion came on board in July 2015, a for­mer gov­er­nor of Jigawa State, Sule Lami­do and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, were remand­ed in Kur­mawa prison on mon­ey laun­der­ing charges to the tune of N1.351bn.

Theirs was a fam­i­ly affair as the court was told, the mon­ey was laun­dered through four com­pa­nies belong­ing to Lami­do and his sons. The com­pa­nies are Bamaina Hold­ings Lim­it­ed, Bamaina Com­pa­ny Nige­ria Lim­it­ed, Bamaina Alu­minum Lim­it­ed and Speeds Inter­na­tion­al Lim­it­ed. It was gath­ered that the for­mer gov­er­nor was allot­ted the same cell as his chil­dren. Inves­ti­ga­tion into the case pre­dat­ed the Buhari admin­is­tra­tion. He is one of the politi­cians in the PDP eye­ing Buhari’s seat.

Metuh in Kuje prison

A for­mer spokesman of the People’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty (PDP), Mr. Oliseh Metuh, was in the Kuje prison in Abu­ja over alleged mon­ey laun­der­ing.

The EFCC is accus­ing him of receiv­ing N400 mil­lion from a for­mer Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advis­er, Sam­bo Dasu­ki, believed to be part of $2.1 bil­lion meant for arms pro­cure­ment dur­ing the pre­vi­ous admin­is­tra­tion. The case is still on even as Metuh at dif­fer­ent times appeared in court on a stretch­er.

Bala Mohammed and son in Kuje prison

A for­mer Min­is­ter of FCT, Sen­a­tor Bala Mohammed and his son, Sham­sudeen, were at dif­fer­ent times kept at the Kuje prison over alle­ga­tions of finan­cial mis­con­duct.

Just like the case of the Lami­dos, theirs is also a fam­i­ly affair. While the EFCC arraigned the father on a six-count charge bor­der­ing on N864 mil­lion bribery and false assets dec­la­ra­tion, his son was arraigned on a 15-count charge bor­der­ing on mon­ey laun­der­ing.

Melaye, vocal law­mak­er fin­gered in gun run­ning

For Sen­a­tor Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), luck and health saved him from going to prison as he was only remand­ed in police cus­tody.

His was not a cor­rup­tion case but crim­i­nal con­spir­a­cy and unlaw­ful pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­it­ed firearms, among oth­ers.  His case led to the sum­mon of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris thrice by the Sen­ate and in all he snubbed the law­mak­ers, a devel­op­ment that made the Sen­ate declare him as an ene­my of democ­ra­cy and unfit to hold pub­lic office with­in and out­side the coun­try.

Ex-NSA Sam­bo Dasu­ki

A for­mer Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advis­er, Colonel Sam­bo Dasu­ki,  has spent 31 months in deten­tion over alle­ga­tion of mis­man­age­ment of $2.1bn meant for the pur­chase of arms. Most of oth­er cor­rup­tion cas­es involv­ing top shots had their root in the Dasuki­gate as it is  now known. Among those who alleged­ly par­tic­i­pat­ed in the shar­ing of the arms mon­ey are for­mer gov­er­nor of Soko­to, Attahiru Bafarawa, his Kano coun­ter­part, Ibrahim Sheka­rau, Ray­mond Dokpe­si, Bel­lo Haliru and son, Musil­iu Obaniko­ro and son.

Babangi­da Aliyu, a chief ser­vant bat­tling cor­rup­tion case

A for­mer gov­er­nor of Niger State, Babangi­da Aliyu, has been held by the EFCC over alle­ga­tions of abuse of office and mon­ey laun­der­ing.

The Chief Ser­vant, as he was called dur­ing his reign, is alleged to have divert­ed N2 bil­lion eco­log­i­cal funds for polit­i­cal pur­pos­es.

Fani-Kay­o­de at Ikoyi prison, Nena­di at Kirikiri

On same day in June 2016, a for­mer Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion Femi Fani-Kay­o­de and that of Finance, Nena­di Usman, went to sep­a­rate pris­ons on remand after they appeared at a court in Lagos over an alleged N4.9 bil­lion fraud. They were arraigned before Jus­tice Sule Has­san by the EFCC on a 17-count charge.  While Fani Kay­o­de was sent to Ikoyi prison, Usman was tak­en to Kirikiri prison as Ikoyi prison does not have facil­i­ties for female inmates.

Dariye bags 14 years

The lat­est of all is the case of Sen­a­tor Joshua Dariye (APC, Plateau Cen­tral) who was on Tues­day sen­tenced to 14 years in prison over crim­i­nal breach of trust and two years for mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic funds, to run con­cur­rent­ly. Dariye, who defect­ed to the APC in Sep­tem­ber 2016, was sen­tenced by Jus­tice Ade­buko­la Ban­joko of the FCT High Court.

He is the first mem­ber of the rul­ing par­ty to be con­vict­ed. Out of the 23 count amend­ed charges, he was found guilty of 15 bor­der­ing on crim­i­nal breach of trust and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of pub­lic funds. He was dis­charged on eight of the charges.  Recall that the law­mak­er was first arraigned in July 2007. The case which has to do with N1.16bn fraud had been on for over a decade

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