Goje Looted N70 billion; Gbenga Daniel Nailed by Obasanjo, Others
Sources in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have revealed that former Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe state stole more than 70 billion naira ($450 million). Our sources disclosed that a huge chunk of the loot was through the pocketing of security votes.
Mr. Goje, who is currently a senator, spent two terms – for a total of eight years – as the governor of Gombe. An EFCC source familiar with the agency’s investigation of Senator Goje’s corruption disclosed that the former governor made a habit of pocketing the slush funds known as “security votes.” “In my years at the EFCC, I have not seen greed like this,” said another source, adding that “Senator Goje did not care that his state has no structures of development on ground.”
Many state governors are known to steal security votes outright. In 2010, police in Lagos caught aides of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State with about N250 million in cash, which was then the sum of the governor’s monthly security votes. Then Inspector-General of Police Michael Okiro helped to cover up the case after extracting a significant bribe from Mr. Obi.
Also today, an EFCC source told SaharaReporters that the proposed trial of former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun would likely be delayed to enable EFCC lawyers to prepare comprehensive charges against him. The source indicated that a team of EFCC lawyers led by Rotimi Jacobs was working hard to compile the charges against Mr. Daniel, a two-term former governor of Ogun State.
The source said that EFCC officials had uncovered how Mr. Daniel extensively looted funds from his state over the last eight years. “This man’s conversion of state resources and theft of public funds was legendary,” said the source, adding that details of Mr. Daniel’s embezzlement were contained in an 80-page petition filed against him by “elders” from Ogun State. One of the signatories to the petition is former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Reacting to Obasanjo’s signing of the “elders’ petition, a PDP politician who was once close to Mr. Daniel before falling out with him, stated that the former president had used his office to help cover up Mr. Daniel’s acts of corruption. SaharaReporters had detailed Mr. Daniel’s acts of corruption and money laundering from his first term in office.
A source within the EFCC hinted that Mr. Daniel’s trial was unlikely to commence tomorrow as previously planned. However, he said the three governors arrested last week are expected to make brief court appearances tomorrow.
Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Bello Adoke, is reportedly engaged in behind-the-scenes deals to arrange “soft” bail terms for the detained governors in exchange for cash. “The former ADC to Chief Daniels has made several visits to the AGF since last Thursday,” said one of our sources.
Some staff at the Ministry of Justice say that Mr. Adoke is just as bad as his predecessor, Michael Aondoakaa, who became notorious for accepting bribes from corrupt politicians to arrange bails or the destruction of their prosecution.
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