Corruption is one of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to assure Nigerians of his commitment to fight it to standstill.
Since Buhari took over power in May, 2015, no fewer than prominent Nigerians have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Some are currently facing trial, others are in detention while some other have been released.
Over 90% of those facing corruption trials are members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is why some Nigerians have accused Buhari of being bias in his war against corruption.
As the war against corruption wages on, PDP has called for the unconditional release of its members who are being detained by the government. Among them are former governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa state and Gabriel Suswan of Benue state.
NAIJ.com has compiled a list of 3 former PDP governors who are currently in detention on allegations of corrupt practices.
1. Ex-Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state
The immediate past governor of Jigawa state was arrested by the police at his Sharada Kano home on Sunday, April 30 and taken away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano.
He was arrested for allegedly making inciting and inflammatory remarks capable of threatening the peace of the state.
Lamido was said to have told his supporters to resort to violence if the July 1 local government elections did not go their way.
He was arraigned on Tuesday, May 2, on a four-count charge at a court in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital.
The chief magistrate, Usman Lamin, ruled that Lamido is to be remanded in the Dutse prison until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Lamido told BBC Hausa Service that Buhari was “equally corrupt when he served under the late Head of State Sani Abacha” and his present anti-corruption war is just ‘noise’.
He was governor from 2007 to 2015.
2. Ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state
The former governor was arrested by Department of State Services (DSS) in February after some ‘incriminating items’ were found in. two exotic cars belonging. The items discovered were Glock pistol with two magazines and a total of 29 rounds of ammunition; Mini-Uzi with two magazines containing 10 rounds and 4 rounds respectively; 42 extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack; and one AK-47. Other items recovered were 21 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy; 23 Luxury designer watches; and 45 keys to various exotic cars.
He is also standing trial for allegedly diverting about N3.1 billion belonging to the government of Benue during his tenure as governor of the state between 2007 and 2015.
Also, he is being tried for alleged money laundering and breach of public trust while in office.
His continued detention by the DSS stalled his ongoing N3.1 billion fraud trial in the Federal High Court Abuja in March. His lawyer told the court that his client was absent in court because of his detention and the matter was adjourned till May 9.
3. Ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger state
He was arrested and detained by the EFCC over an alleged scam involving N5billion and abuse of office while he served as governor for two-terms in the Niger state.
He was governor between 2007 and 2015, and has been in the custody of the EFCC since April 4.
He was arraigned alongside his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, on a six-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust on April 25.
On Tuesday, April 25, a Minna High Court judge, Justice Aliyu Maiyaki, ordered that Aliyu be remanded in Minna prison till May 3, when the application for his bail would be ruled upon.
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