By Ifeanyi Okolie
Former Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, who was last week declared wanted, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged fraud of N52 billion, surrendered himself, early Monday morning, to the commission, at its headquarters, in Abuja.
Vanguard learnt that the ex governor who flew into the country yesterday night, arrived the Commission’s headquarters around 4am Monday morning , in company of Senator Alkali and a lawyer from Niyi Akintola chambers.
Vanguard gathered that Senator Goje is currently undergoing interrogation.
Lats week, the EFCC had said it was seeking to interrogate Goje over allegations that he siphoned N52 billion. The agency added that even though it had sent several invitations to Goje, the senator failed to oblige. It thereafter declared him wanted and issued warrants of arrest.
Meanwhile, the embattled governor, who is now a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has faulted the EFCC for declaring him wanted while he was out of the country.
In a statement signed by Mallam Yahaya Mohammed, the former Governor said he would appear before the Commission Monday(today) over the allegations leveled against him by the EFCC.
“There was no need by the EFCC to have declared me wanted. I was out of the country when I learnt that the EFCC had declared me wanted; there was no justification for its action. As a former governor who served this nation for eight years and currently a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am ever ready to defend my action at all time.
“The allegation of corruption against me cannot stand. All financial resources entrusted in my care as governor of Gombe State were judiciously used. The records are there for everybody to access.
“It is illogical for anybody to have accused me of diverting N52 billion when you look at all the outstanding projects I executed in eight years.
“This is the price you pay for leadership in a country like our nation where all public officials are seen as corrupt people. I have no regret serving this nation.”