Nigeria may prosecute 31 state governors

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Nigeria may prosecute 31 state governors

Postby Richard Akindele » Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:59 pm

Abuja - The Nigerian government's anti-corruption agency is on the trail of 31 out of the 36 state governors over allegations of diverting state funds, reports in Abuja said on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, had told the Nigerian parliament that the commission believed that the governors had been looting the treasuries in their states, the reports said.

Ribadu said one of the worst cases of corruption was in Zamfara State in the north, where Governor Sani Yarima had pioneered the adoption of the Islamic Sharia code, which recommends amputation for stealing.

He said most of the governors implicated had allegedly diverted funds sent by the federal government to councils in their states.

Investigations had been concluded in at least 14 states and the commission was either already prosecuting or about to prosecute all the governors implicated in investigations, he said.

Ribadu said that the governor of one state in the south-east had virtually privatised it. He had "used his mother's name, his wife's name, his son's name to divert the state's funds with which he built his business empire."

The anti-corruption agency had also investigated the federal government and the nation's parliament, but had found nothing incriminating so far, Ribadu added.
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