Full List of Famous Politicians,President Buhari Sent to Jail.

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Prominent politicians including former governors, ministers and

political party chiefs have been made to leave their palatial

residences in highbrow areas of the country to experience life in

prison for engaging in corrupt practices in office.

Besides those who have been to prison, there are others who are on

self-exile in an effort to dodge the net of anti-corruption agencies. In

this category are the former chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, a

former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Jamila

Tangaza, a former director of the Abuja Geographic Information

Systems (AGIS).

Yero at Kaduna Convict Prison

Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, a former governor of Kaduna State was

recently sent to prison. Within five years, Yero without contesting an

election became a commissioner, deputy governor and governor.

Yero, who rose from a finance director in Namadi Sambo’s firm

( Nalado Nigeria Limited) to became commissioner for finance in

2007, deputy governor in 2010 and governor in December 2012

following the death of Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in a helicopter crash,

spent about a week at the Kaduna Convict Prison.

He was in detention from May 31 to June 6, 2018 together with a

former chairman of the PDP in the state, Abubakar Gaya-Haruna; a

former Secretary to the State Government Hamza Ishaq and a former

Minister of Power, Nuhu Somo Wya. They are standing trial over an

alleged case of fraud instituted against them by the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Jonah Jang lights up Jos prison

A former governor of Plateau State, retired Air Commodore Jonah

David Jang, was a ‘special guest’ at the Jos prison where he spent

eight days.

The presence of Jang, the senator representing Plateau North

Senatorial District, led to the restoration of power supply at the


Jang who was a military governor of Benue, defunct Gongola and

Plateau states between 2007 and 2015, is facing a 12-count charge

of diverting N6.3bn alongside a former cashier in the office of the

Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam. He pleaded not guilty.

Bala Ngilari: A convict with a choice

Perhaps, the case of a former Adamawa State governor, Bala James

Ngilari, was the first conviction recorded under this administration.

In March 2017, Ngilari was jailed and convicted for failing to adhere

to the procurement laws of the state. In a 75-minute long-ruling,

Justice Nathan Musa found the former governor guilty of four

charges and discharged him on one, which bordered on conspiracy.

He sentenced the former governor to five years in prison.

Nyame, a convicted Reverend

After over a decade trial, Reverend Jolly Nyame, a former governor

of Taraba State, was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison

for misappropriating funds while in office.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital

Territory in Gudu, Abuja, sent Nyame to jail for criminal breach of

trust by misappropriating N1.64bn preferred against him by the


Born in 1955, Nyame was governor of the state from January 1992

to November 1993. He also governed the state from May 1999 to

2007. His conviction was one of landmark successes of the EFCC in

recent times.

Nwaoboshi, a senator in Kirikiri!

For 48 hours, Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP-Delta North) was a guest at

the Kirikiri maximum security prison over an alleged N805m fraud

preferred against him by the EFCC. Nwaoboshi who chairs the Senate committee on NDDC was arraigned

alongside two companies – Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd

and Summing Electrical Ltd – on a two-count charge of fraud and

money laundering before Justice Mohammed Idris. The Delta

lawmaker was granted bail on self recognition.

Lamido and sons at Kurmawa prison

Shortly after this administration came on board in July 2015, a

former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and his two sons,

Aminu and Mustapha, were remanded in Kurmawa prison on money

laundering charges to the tune of N1.351bn.

Theirs was a family affair as the court was told, the money was

laundered through four companies belonging to Lamido and his sons.

The companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited, Bamaina Company

Nigeria Limited, Bamaina Aluminum Limited and Speeds

International Limited. It was gathered that the former governor was

allotted the same cell as his children. Investigation into the case

predated the Buhari administration. He is one of the politicians in

the PDP eyeing Buhari’s seat.

Metuh in Kuje prison

A former spokesman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr.

Oliseh Metuh, was in the Kuje prison in Abuja over alleged money


The EFCC is accusing him of receiving N400 million from a former

National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, believed to be part of $2.1

billion meant for arms procurement during the previous

administration. The case is still on even as Metuh at different times

appeared in court on stretcher.

Bala Mohammed and son in Kuje prison

A former Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed and his son,
Shamsudeen, were at different times kept at the Kuje prison over
allegations of financial misconduct.
Like in the case of the Lamidos, theirs is a family affair. While the
EFCC arraigned the father on a six-count charge bordering on N864
million bribery and false assets declaration, his son was arraigned on
a 15-count charge bordering on money laundering.

Funmi Iyanda pays tribute to late designer, Remi Lagos, who died four years ago

Melaye, vocal lawmaker fingered in gun running
For Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), luck and health saved him
from going to prison as he was only remanded in police custody.
His was not a corruption case but criminal conspiracy and unlawful
possession of prohibited firearms, among others. His case led to the
summon of the IGP, Ibrahim Idris trice by the Senate and in all he
snubbed the lawmakers, a development that made the Senate
declare him as an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold public office
within and outside the country.

Nigeria needs men of integrity at this moment – Obasanjo

Ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki
A former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, has spent
31 months in detention over allegation of mismanagement of $2.1bn
meant for the purchase of arms. Most of other corruption cases
involving top shots had their root in the Dasukigate as it is now
known. Among those who allegedly participated in the sharing of the
arms money are former governor of Sokoto, Attahiru Bafarawa, his
Kano counterpart, Ibrahim Shekarau, Raymond Dokpesi, Bello Haliru
and son, Musliu Obanikoro and son.

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Babangida Aliyu, a chief servant battling corruption case
A former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, has been held by
the EFCC over allegations of abuse of office and money laundering.
The Chief Servant, as he was called during his reign, is alleged to
have diverted N2 billion ecological funds for political purposes.

Fani-Kayode at Ikoyi prison, Nenadi at Kirikiri
On same day in June 2016, a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-
Kayode and that of Finance, Nenadi Usman, went to separate prisons
on remand after they appeared at a court in Lagos over an alleged
N4.9 billion fraud. They were arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan
by the EFCC on a 17-count charge. While Fani Kayode was sent to
Ikoyi prison, Usman was taken to Kirikiri prison as Ikoyi prison does
not have facilities for female inmates.

Dariye bags 14 years
The latest of all is the case of Senator Joshua Dariye (APC, Plateau
Central) who was on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years in prison over
criminal breach of trust and two years for misappropriation of public
funds, to run concurrently. Dariye, who defected to the APC in
September 2016, was sentenced by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of

the FCT High Court. He is the first member of the ruling party to be

Out of the 23 count amended charges, he was found guilty of 15
bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public
funds. He was discharged on eight of the charges. Recall that the
lawmaker was first arraigned in July 2007. The case which has to do
with N1.16bn fraud had been on for over a decade.

SOURCE-Daily Trust.

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