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EXCLUSIVE: EFCC set to commence mass prosecution of PDP ‘looters’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon commence the prosecution of those listed as “looters” in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the federal government, TheCable understands.

An EFCC official said presidency has directed the anti-graft agency to “swing into action” as controversies continue over the publication of a looters list by government.

“We are getting the case files ready,” the source said but refused to divulge specific details on those to be charged to court.

Many members of the party which formed government at the centre for 16 years are already facing corruption trial, but some were only quizzed.

But the party has continued to accuse the government of witch-hunting its members, an allegation the current administration denies.

The allegations and counter-allegations on corruption took a new dimension when Lai Mohammed, minister of information, released lists of “looters” last week.

Former governors, ex-senators and those who are not members of the PDP were also listed as looters.

Mohammed had said the government took the action as a response to the challenge of the opposition party.

“The PDP has challenged us to name the looters under their watch. They said they did not loot the treasury. Well, I am sure they know that the treasury was looted dry under their watch. Yet they decided to grandstand… Some of the people on this list are seeking to plea bargain, and that is a fact,” Mohammed had said.

Some of the key PDP members on the list were Uche Secondus, chairman of the party; Stella Oduah, senator representing Anambra north; Jonah Jang, senator representing Plateau north senatorial district; and Peter Nwaboshi, senator representing Delta north.

A majority of those mentioned had denied any wrongdoing and threatened to file legal action. Secondus had given Mohammed an ultimatum of 48 hours to withdraw the list and tender an apology.

Responding to the list, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the opposition party, said his party would expose “looters” in Buhari’s government.

Reno Omokri, a former aide of Jonathan, subsequently wrote an article detailing allegations levelled against some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and top government officials.

Apart from the PDP, critics have accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of being selective in its anti-graft war but the current administration has vehemently defended its record.

Here are the names on the “looters” list:

1Former NSA, Sambo Dasuki$2.1billion military equipment
scandal. A total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British Pounds was allegedly embezzled through his office
2Former petroleum resources minister, Dieziani Alison-MadukweN23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled
3Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth MinimahN13.9 billion. N4.8 billion
recovered by EFCC in cash and property
4Lt.-Gen. Azubuike IhejirikaN4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far
5Alex Barde, former chief of defence staffN8 billion, and EFCC recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property
6Inde Dikko, former CG CustomsN40 billion, and N1.1 billion in cash recovered in cash and choice properties
7Air Marshal Adesola AmosunN21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered in cash

28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered

8Bala Mohammed,  former FCT ministerN5 billion. Interim forfeiture order on some property secured
9Senator Stella OduahN9.8 billion interim forfeiture order on some property secured
10Former Niger State governor, Babangida AliyuN1.6 billion – from NSA
11Former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah JangN12.5 billion
12Bashir Yuguda, former minister of state for financeN1.5 billion

$829,800 recovered

13Senator Peter NwaboshiN1.5 billion
14Former NSA Dasuki’s aide, Aliyu UsmanN512 million
15Former NSA Dasuki’s PA, Ahmad IdrisN1.5 billion
16Former Oyo governor, Rasheed LadojaN500 million
17Tom IkimiN300 million
18Femi Fani-KayodeN866 million
19Former PPS to President Goodluck, Hassan Tukur$1.7 million
20Nenadi UsmanN1.5 billion
21Benedicta IrohaN1.7 billion
22Close ally of former NSA Dasuki, Aliyu Usman JawazN882 million
23Godknows IgaliOver N7 billion
24PDP chairman Uche SecondusOn the 19th of Feb 2015, he took N200 million only from the office of the NSA.
25Former PDP financial secretaryOn the 24th of Oct 2014, he took N600 million only from the office of former NSA
26Former national publicity secretary Olisah MetuhOn trial for allegedly collecting N1.4bn from the office of former NSA
27Raymond Dokpesi, chairman of DAAR CommunicationsOn trial for allegedly taking N2.1 billion from the office of the former NSA
28Former SSA to president Goodluck Jonathan, Dudafa Waripamo-OweiOn trial, over N830 million allegedly kept in accounts of four different companies
29Former president Goodluck Jonathan’s cousin Robert AzibaolaAllegedly collected $40 million from the office of former NSA

Editor’s note: Most of the persons on the list have denied the allegations.

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