The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Mr. Danladi Umar, has issued a bench warrant for the arraignment of ex-Governors, Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Liyel Imoke of Cross River and four others for false assets declaration.
The Nation reported that the identities of the four others have not yet been ascertained.
A source who spoke in confidence said: “The next batch for trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal includes six ex-governors and a retired permanent secretary. The former governors are from the North-Central, North-West, South-South and North-East.
“Most of these governors preferred to hide their assets but, unknown to them, their aides or aggrieved members of their cabinets or parties and short-changed business partners used to expose them.”
“All these ex-governors will be formally notified of their pending trial next week. Some of them have got wind of it and were already scouting for the charges.
“In fact, security reports indicated that the ex-governor from the North-East got wind of his likely arraignment before the CCT and chose to go on self-exile.
“When all is set for his trial and he fails to show up, a bench warrant will be issued for his arrest and the International Police (INTERPOL) will be mandated to fish him out.”
According to more findings, about 15 former governors under-declared their assets in gross violation of their oaths of office.
“Most of these governors preferred to hide their assets but, unknown to them, their aides or aggrieved members of their cabinets or parties and short-changed business partners used to expose them,” the Code of Conduct Bureau source stated.