Just in: EFCC reportedly arrests prominent former governor who is a serving senator, wife over corruption allegations
- Former governor of Nasarawa state, Tanko Al-Makura, has allegedly been arrested by the EFCC alongside his wife
- Anonymous sources claimed the arrest had to do with the alleged misappropriation of funds during the former governor’s administration
- However, the spokesman of the anti-corruption agency, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was yet to be briefed regarding the development
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FCT, Abuja - Premium Times has reported the alleged arrest of a former governor of Nasarawa state and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper added that the couples were being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja.
It further stated that details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife were sketchy.
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Nevertheless, the report cited sources as claiming the arrest has to do with an alleged breach of trust and misappropriation of funds allegedly perpetrated during the former governor’s eight-year administration as Nasarawa state governor.
In its report of the incident, Daily Trust, also citing anonymous sources, stated that Al-Makura and his wife honoured the EFCC's invitation, not arrested.
It added that one of its sources said the couple were detained when the operatives of the anti-graft agency demanded some explanations from them about the finances of the state but they were unable to answer.
Legit.ng notes that Al-Makura served as the governor of Nasarawa state between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected into the Senate to represent the Nasarawa South senatorial district.
EFCC spokesman not aware of arrest
Premium Times stated that the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was yet to be briefed on the development when contacted.
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A former spokesman of the ex-governor, Danjuma Joseph, also said he was not aware of the arrest.
“His Excellency left Lafia (Nasarawa State capital) for Abuja this morning. I am not aware of such arrest."
It is gathered that until the latest development, the former governor Nasarawa governor has never been known to be facing the EFCC probe.
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Saraki is blocking us from probing him, EFCC tells court
In another related development, former Senate president and ex-governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, has been accused of hindering the process by the EFCC to probe him.
The anti-graft agency made this known on Wednesday, July 14, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that the counsel to the EFCC, Chile Okoronkwo, told Justice Anwuli Chikere when the fundamental rights enforcement suits filed by Saraki were mentioned in the court.
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