President Muhammadu Buhari has made fighting
corruption as a key focus of his government since his
swearing-in on May 29 last year.
Minister of information Lai Mohammed has said in January
this year that endemic corruption costs Nigeria millions of
dollars per year, adding that the country lost of 1.34 trillion
naira ($6.8 billion) in public funds between 2006 and 2013
at the hands of just 55 individuals, including government
ministers and bankers.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught saying
that Nigeria is fantastically corrupt and President Buhari
agreed with him during the anti-corruption summit in
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During the last year the Nigerian leader has arrested many
officials of the previous government of Goodluck Jonathan.
Below are seven key Jonathan’s men who were arrested
over the charges of corruption.
1. Sambo Dasuki
Former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was
arrested for allegedly stealing $2bn (£1.3bn on December 1,
He is accused of diverting money meant for buying
weapons for the fight against Boko Haram deadly sect.
2. Olisa Metuh
The arrest of the spokesman of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh linked to Dasuki case.
Later, Metuh was granted bail and released.
3. Femi Fani-Kayode
Fani-Kayode, former aviation minister was last week invited
by the EFCC to answer questions of corrupt dealings in
relation to the Jonathan campaign.
Meanwhile, FFK had honored the said invitation by the EFCC
on Monday, May 9, and that was the last Nigerians saw or
heard from him.
Kayode served as a director in the former president
campaign organization and is accused of corruptly
benefiting from the campaign funds.
4. Ibrahim Shekarau
A former Kano state governor was arrested over alleged
helping to distribute N950 million in the #Dasukigate
5. Waripamowei Dudafa
A top aide to former president Jonathan Waripamowei
Dudafa was arrested by the country’s anti-corruption
agency in April.
He served as a special assistant on domestic matters to
6. Hassan Tukur
The EFFC has arrested a former Principal Private Secretary
to Jonathan, Hassan Tukur on May 16, Monday.
One of the most powerful men in Jonathan’s government
was picked up by operatives of the agency in his Abuja
7. Ramalan Yero
Former Kaduna state governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has
been arrested by the EFCC over allegations that he collected
N700million from a slush fund former Nigeria’s oil minister,
Diezani Alison-Madueke, on May 16, Monday.
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Chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim Magu has recently disclosed
that the agency was indeed probing and collating evidence
against former president Jonathan and other accomplices
in the arms purchase scandal.
So Jonathan may join his allies in the custody. Time will tell.