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11 Notable List of Corruption Cases in Nigeria

Notable List of Corruption Cases in Nigeria

Before the present administration in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari, came on board, there were some views expressed by Nigerians that, Buhari administration will caution Nigerian politicians, who are corrupt, because of his pronouncement of tackling corruption in Nigeria should he become Nigerian President.

He made this pronouncement during his electioneering campaign among other premises to rid Nigeria of corruption, as well as expose corrupt politicians in the country.

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11 Notable List of Corruption Cases in Nigeria
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His inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, also confirmed his statement to tackle crooked government officials in the country. Nonetheless, since President Buhari assumed office, the sum of money discovered as stolen by Nigerian politicians has left all in shock. In this article, however, I will be discussing the most recent list of corruption cases in Nigeria, and here we go.

Sambo Dasuki

There was a report about alleged misappropriation of money meant to be used in purchasing arms for the Nigerian army for the purpose of prosecuting the war against Book Haram.

In fact, it was heart-rending, owing to the fact that, quite a number of soldiers died in the war because there was inadequate military ammunition.

The former Adviser,  National Security was alleged to have diverted a whooping sum of money, and as well, supervised over $2.1b disbursement to different persons. The proceeds of the loots were reported to have been used to sponsor President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s second term bid.

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Diezani Alison Madueke

This is another case of corruption in Nigeria. This time is about the former Minister in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum, Diezani Alison Madueke.

She and her associates were alleged of looting so much money from Nigeria’s treasury. She was nicknamed Jezebel by some Nigerians, who were unable to stomach such whooping sum of Nigeria’s oil money, stolen by Deizani Alison Madueke.

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The report had it that, the former Petroleum Minister looted the whooping sum of $20b. The money was said to be part of the money from Nigeria’s crude oil. (Pulse Nigeria)

Olisa Metuh

The case of Olisa Metuh, the former spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, also reflected a typical case of corruption in Nigeria.

There was a report that has alleged the former spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party to have benefited from the Dasuki loot. He is alleged to have collected N400m from Dasuki.

The report also had it that, Metuh has admitted that, he said money was given to him by the Nigerian former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan. According to Metuh in the report, the money was the payment for a job he had done.

Patrick Akpobolokemi

There was a reported case of corruption in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, and this involved the former boss of the agency.

It was reported that the former boss of this agency was one of the government officials, who have looted Nigeria’s treasury.

Patrick Akpolobolokemi was allegedly reported to have stolen the sum of money that was up to the tune of N12b from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

The report also had it that the former boss of the agency uses different organizations to carry out his trade. (Daily Post)

Musiliu Obanikoro

The former Minister of the federal republic of Nigeria, Minister of State for Defence, was pinned as one of those public servants, who allegedly involved in corrupt practice, while a Minister of State for Defence.

According to the report, Musiliu Obanikoro, the Ex-Minister of State for Defence had a share from Dasuki’s loot. About N4.7b was said to have been in the position of the former Minister of State for Defence, which according to the report, the Ex-Minister of state for Defence claimed to have shared the money among some individuals, among these persons were a sitting governor and a sitting senator.

There was a report, claiming that, the Ex-Minister, Musiliu Obanikoro had returned some amount of money, which runs to the tune of N100m to the EFCC, that is, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. (Naij)

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Alhaji Abdulahi Dikko

This former boss of the Nigeria Customs Services was in the news over stolen money. Alhaji Abdulahi Dikko was alleged to have stolen money, amounting to N40b from the Nigeria Customs service’s coffers.

And the report has it that, the former Customs boss was later arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC. More so, according to the report, Dikko had returned about N1b to the government.  (Nigeria Online)

Alex Badeh

Air Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff, was alleged to have bought a property Worth of N580m, which were houses in the highbrow axis in Wuse within Abuja.

The two houses bought by the Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, according to the report, were to both his 28-year-old son and his first son.

The report also claimed that the houses were part of some of the properties bought by Air Marshal Alex Badeh out of the N800m that he siphoned while serving as the Chief of Defence Staff in the country. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunie)

Femi Fani-Kayode

There was a report, where Senator Nenadi Usman, the Ex-Minister of State for Finance, and Femi-Kayode, who was a Minister of Aviation were arraigned in the court of law, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, over stolen money of about N1.5b.

According to another report, the anti-graft organization had again filed another charge against Femi Fani-Kayode, which was as a result of a fresh fraud amounting to about N4.7b.

The ex-minister, who happened to be a spokesman of the former President’s campaign organisation, Goodluck Jonathan, was alleged to have collected money from Dasuki for the purpose of working for GEJ’s re-election bid. (Daily Post).

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Patience Jonathan

There was a case, where former Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan was alleged to have gotten greater ownership of accounts in the Skye Bank, about five of these banks.

Money in these accounts, according to the report, amounts to billions of naira in them. The report had claimed how she went to the court, ordering the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC,  to unfreeze her accounts in these banks.

The report had it that, it would be a violation of her fundamental human rights, according to her, should the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission freeze her accounts.

Nevertheless, further investigation has revealed that Patience Jonathan owned many properties that worth billions of Naira and these properties are at choice locations within Nigeria. (Total media)

Raymond Dokpesi

Another Nigerian, who partook in Dazuki’s loot was the Africa Independent Television Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi. And he was picked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC.

The report had claimed that Dokpesi received about N2.1b from the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN. According to the report, the order for the money to be paid to Raymond Dokpesi came from the Ex-National Security Adviser NSA.  (Premium Times)

Supreme Court Judges

Quite a number of senior judicial officers were allegations of fraud. Some of the allegations felled under professional misconducts.

More so, there was a report where different types of currencies from diff foreign countries were reportedly found in the apartments of some of these senior judicial officials.

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Nigerian government should stop all these media trials with all the whopping sum of money they claimed to have been discovered and should start convicting persons found guilty of corruption in the country.

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