So far, 17 ex-governors have passed through the furnace of the EFCC. And 13 of them are 52 cases listed by the EFCC on its website as “high profile cases.” They include:
The former Ekiti State governor was arraigned at Federal High Court, Lagos, on 51-count charge of embezzling N1.2 billion. The matter is still in court. He was granted bail in 2007. Farida inherited the case, which was initiated on December 17, 2006.
The former Plateau State governor, now a Senator of the Federal Republic was arraigned at Federal High Court, Guda on a 13-count charge of stealing N700 million in 2007. He has been granted bail. Farida inherited the case file on July 13, 2007.
EFCC docked the two-term governor of Jigawa State on a 32-count charge at FCT High Court, Maitama for allegedly stealing N36 billion while in office. After a brief detention, he was granted bail in 2007. The Farida-led EFCC inherited the case file on July 13, 2007.
Orji Uzor Kalu
Kalu, who ruled Abia State for eight years, weathered a 107-count N5 billion graft charge at FCT High Court, Maitama. He was convicted by the trial court and he appealed the verdict. Farida inherited the case file in 2007 and Kalu had been granted bail since 2008.
Ibori was arraigned at Federal High Court, Asaba on a170-count charge of embezzling N9.2 billion. He was granted bail in 2008. Farida inherited the case file and filed fresh charges in August 2009. EFCC accused him of illegally disposing 528 million shares belonging to Delta State in Oceanic Bank valued at about N44billion. The commission could not arrest the former Delta State governor, whose faithful put up a strong resistance to security agents. However, Ibori was arrested in Dubai and extradited to London for money laundering trials.
Chief Lucky Igbinedion, the former Governor of Edo State, is so far the only ex-governor, who paid back money into state coffers through a plea bargain. He faced a 191-count charge of embezzling N4.3 billion. A Federal High Court, Enugu found him guilty and he refunded the N4.3 billion. The case was determined on January 23, 2008. However, the EFCC, last February appealed the judgement, asking for stiffer sanctions. This time, Igbinedion will face a N25 billion fraud trial at the Federal High Court in Benin, in what some observers said was politically motivated to whip him into political line.
EFCC dragged the thrice-elected former governor of Taraba State to an Abuja Federal High Court on a 41-count corruption charge. He was accused of stealing N1.3 billion. Farida Waziri inherited the case on July 13, 2007 and Nyame had been granted bail since 2008.
He too governed for eight years in Enugu State after which the EFCC accused him of embezzling N5.3 billion and arraigned him at Federal High Court, Lagos on a 105.count charge. Waziri inherited the case file on December 11, 2007. Nnamani was granted bail in 2007.
Botmang, who rose to power as Plateau Governor following the impeachment of Dariye in October 2006, was alleged to have stolen N1.5 billion in the seven months he stayed in power before the 2007 elections. The anti-graft agency got him arraigned on a 31-count charge at Federal High Court, Maitama. He was granted bail in 2008 and Farida inherited the case on July 18, 2008.
Haruna was docked for embezzling N250 million at Federal High Court, Maitama on a 28.count charge. Waziri commenced the case and Haruna is on bail.
The former Oyo State governor faced a N6 billion a 33-count fraud charge at Federal High Court, Lagos. His was another case initiated by Waziri. He is also on bail.
Abdullahi, now Senator governed Nasarawa State for eight years. The EFCC on March 3, 2010 docked him at Federal High Court, Lafia on a 149-count corruption charge for allegedly stealing N15 billion while in power. The suspect is on bail.
The former Sokoto State helmsman is facing a N15 billion corruption suit at Sokoto State High Court. EFCC commenced the suit on December 16, 2009. Bafarawa has since been bailed.