No less than 30 former Governors may be in fresh trouble as the Federal Government is making plans to reopen corruption cases for which they were earlier investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
Sources close to the polity squealed on Monday that the Commission had last week received a letter to that effect from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abukakar Malami.
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One of the sources explained that quite a number of the ex-governors are currently being convicted for charges preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at either the various divisions of the Federal High Court or the High Courts of their home states.
It was learnt that some of the affected personalities served as governors for either one or two terms between 1999 and 2015, and are from all the six geopolitical zones in the country.
It was also confirmed that majority of those on the list belonged to the two dominant political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Another source, who decided to be specific, confirmed that a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who was convicted in the United Kingdom for fraud-related charges and still serving his prison terms, was on the list.
Part of the AGF’s letter on Monday, indicated that the cases against most of the former state executives had been investigated some years ago but charges were never filed against them, The Punch said.
The letter partly read, “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 that the ICPC had long concluded investigations into the various allegations levelled against them should be immediately prosecuted.”
The letter 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 letter indicated that this was in the exercise of the powers vested in the AGF by Section 174(1) of the Constitution as well as sections 105 (3) and 106 (a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.