EFCC probes Northern Governor for withdrawing N60bn in cash in six years

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa has confirmed that a governor of a North-Central state is under probe for allegedly withdrawing N60 billion in cash in six years. 

Bawa said this was uncovered by the newly-created Department of Intelligence under his administration.

The EFCC Chairman who was giving an update on behind-the-scene investigations bordering on cybercrime and politically exposed persons (PEPs), further revealed that the anti-graft agency has secured 1,576 convictions within 11 months.

Bawa did not reveal the identity of the Governor in the interview published on EFCC Alert, an in-house journal of the commission.

He said; 

“I can tell you for free that the new Department of Intelligence that we have created is working. They have come up with a lot of intelligence.

“In one of them, a governor in a Northcentral state within the last six years (one individual) has withdrawn over N60 billion in cash.

“We are looking at all of that, and I assure you that at the end of all of our investigations, Nigerians are going to be briefed of what we are doing behind-the-scene on cybercrime, politically exposed persons as well as engaging government agencies to ensure that we have better processes and procedures on how to do government business.”

The EFCC Chairman also confirmed that ex-Governor Lucky Igbinedion is still under investigation after the initial conviction. 

Bawa added; 

“I can assure you that we are working (on them). We don’t want to talk about matters that are under investigation.

“Yes, we invited a former governor (Lucky Igbinedion) for interrogation. He was with us for two days and he has been released. Investigation is ongoing, but we are being careful and cautious. So, we won’t be accused of engaging in a media trial.”

On the convictions secured by the agency since he came on board, Bawa said: “From January to November 16, 2021 we have recorded an unprecedented 1,576 convictions; it is an unprecedented number of convictions.

“The highest number of convictions that the Commission secured previously was 1,282 or thereabout. So, we have beaten that record.

“I have said it time and again; no agency of government has contributed to the development of law in Nigeria in the last 10 years than the EFCC.

“We are changing the narrative here, because I will also want to report that 122 were discharged and acquitted.

“Now compare that with the success that we have recorded in terms of convictions. It shows that we lost less than 10 per cent of our cases. That means when you compare by way of measurements, you will see that it is a 90 per cent success rate.

“We are all over the place trying to see that we eradicate economic and financial crime through the court processes and other preventive measures that we have in place.”