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$2.1bN cash: Return home or be humiliated, EFCC warns fleeing corrupt ex-officials

…Mulls arrest warrants for ex-gov, minister, customs boss, AGF, others in hiding abroad

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

abuja—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, went tough last night, with a final warning to top officials implicated in the stealing of huge sums of public funds to come out of their hiding and face its interrogating teams once and for all.

The warning, Vanguard gathered, was borne out of the refusal by many of the key players of the Jonathan’s administration to honour several invitations extended to them by the commission to clear their names against huge sums of money traced to them and their cronies ahead of the last general elections.

Top on the list of those on the run, who are being expected by the EFCC to return and account for huge sums of money traced to them are two former ministers of finance and justice, a former northern governor and PDP chieftain and a one-time Comptroller General of Customs.

Apart from the former customs officer, who is said to have made away with funds belonging to the agency, the rest have been fingered in the mismanagement of the $2.1billion cash meant for the procurement of arms to fight insurgents in the Northeast.

Vanguard learnt that one of the former ministers is hiding away in Dubai while two others are believed to be holing away in the Scandinavian region under the guise of studying in order to evade prosecution for depriving the federal government of a huge sum of oil-related funds.

One of the former ministers, who reportedly coordinated the sharing of a huge sum of N3.1 billion ahead of the last election, sneaked out of Nigeria at the weekend apparently to avoid being arrested and questioned for her role in the looting.

The EFCC, Vanguard learnt yesterday, was working round the clock to secure the arrest of the fleeing suspects through the involvement of Interpol and the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

 


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