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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.