Thursday, January 10, 2008

The show must go on...

Just when you thought Nuhu Ribadu was quietly on his way out, the EFCC strikes again! The show must go on, for this IS a show, (the last edition of The Economist conveniently dubbed it "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE PRESIDENT") one of high stakes (according to official estimates, corruption has cost Nigeria over $400 billion), a stellar cast (8 governors have been officially charged to date) and 200 million spectators (well, 200 million PLUS ONE, if you count our dear Presido).

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Nigeria Graft Boss Strikes Again - BBC News Africa

Nigerian anti-corruption agents have issued an arrest warrant for an eighth former governor.

Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State is accused of stealing more than $24m (£12m) through three front companies.

The BBC's Ibrahim Dosara says the warrant shows EFCC chief, Nuhu Ribadu, is trying to bring people to book before he leaves office next month.

Mr Igbinedion left Nigeria shortly after the end of his tenure as governor in May last year. His whereabouts are not known.

"Wherever he is, we have a network and we will get him," EFCC legal officer Isa Bature Gafai told the BBC.

The EFCC alleges that Mr Igbinedion channelled money through companies registered to members of his family.

The charge sheet lists 142 counts of money laundering.

Mr Igbinedion was a key figure during the election of former President Olusegun Obasanjo's chosen successor, Umaru Yar'Adua.

As the head of the Governor's Forum, he persuaded other state governors to withdraw from the party primaries in 2006 giving Mr Yar'Adua a clear run to the presidency.

The move comes just weeks before Mr Ribadu is due to leave his job in February.

6 comments:

Jaja said...

The Ribadu Ibori story is turning my brain...

Happy New year

desperate lady said...

wow i love your blog. I wonder y all this rubbish is happening in Nigeria? I'm glad i found blogs like urs and solomsdyelle, so i can know the happenings in ma so called country.

desperate lady said...

wow i love your blog. I wonder y all this rubbish is happening in Nigeria? I'm glad i found blogs like urs and solomsdyelle, so i can know the happenings in ma so called country.

TheAfroBeat said...

@ Jaja, that Ribadu-Ibori tory sure is a brain-turner! and then one has to think where Yar'Adua comes into the love triangle coz the conspiracy theorist in me suspects his baba go-slow is a front and he's really the mastermind behind this. His election tribunal is coming up and all the godfathers who endorsed him (Uncle Onanefe included ;) are getting antsy to talk, so that's also bound to be a factor in this....brain turning again!

@ DL, welcome and looking forward to rubbing minds!

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