No fewer than 31 former States Governors are likely to have the alleged corruption cases against them reopened by the Federal Government, The Punch is reporting.
According to the newspaper, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has written to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission directing the reopening of the cases.
Among those The Punch reported as being on the list are the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (Kwara); factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff (Borno); the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); and Dr. Peter Odili (Rivers).
The Punch said it learnt on Wednesday that Malami had called for the case files of the former state governors.
The PUNCH equally obtained the list of the former governors for retrial.
Apart from Saraki, Sheriff, Akpabio and Odili, others include Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu), Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).
They also include Ikedi Ohakim (Imo), Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom), Achike Udenwa (Imo), Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa), Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Jolly Nyame (Taraba), Boni Haruna (Adamawa), George Akume (Benue), Rashidi Ladoja (Oyo), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto) Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Usman Dakingari (Kebbi), Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi), Peter Odili (Rivers) and Lucky Igbindedion (Edo).
The Punch quoted Malami as having written: “It is clear that some of these governors and other politically-exposed persons have not been charged to court despite the fact that the ICPC has concluded their investigations, concerning allegations levelled against them, for one reason or the other.
“It is the position of the present administration that all ex-governors, who the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them, should be immediately prosecuted.”
The letter, according to The Punch, also gave the Chairman of the ICPC a 14-day ultimatum to “remit the duplicate case files concerning the politically-exposed persons investigated by the ICPC over the years” to the office of the AGF.
The Punch is also reporting that the AGF had sent a similar request to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with the same list of former governors annexed to his letter.