Ex-Governor on the Run as EFCC Declares Him Wanted

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A Federal High Court Jigawa capital, has issued a warrant of arrest for the former governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, the judge instructed the Inspector General of Police or his officers and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to effect the arrest, and bring him before the court.

Justice S. Yahuza gave the order on Friday after Mr. Turaki failed to appear before the court. It would be remembered that the EFCC had earlier declared him wanted.

“You are hereby commanded to arrest the said Ibrahim Saminu Turaki and bring him before me at Federal High Court, Dutse, Jigawa State without delay”, the court ordered.

The former Governor is being prosecuted by the EFCC over a N36 billion theft and money laundering crime he is being accused of committing when he was governor.

He was first arraigned by the EFCC before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in 2007 on a 32-count charge of misappropriating N36 billion while he was governor. The case was later transferred to Federal High Court, Dutse after he challenged the jurisdiction of the FCT Court. He was subsequently re-arraigned on a 32-count charge at the Federal High Court Dutse, Jigawa State.

The EFCC said it implores “anyone having useful information about the whereabouts of the suspect to notify its offices in Kano, Gombe, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos or report at the nearest police station

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