The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) says about 22 former governors are either on trial or facing investigations over corruption allegations.
The attorney general at a meeting with journalists in his office on Thursday in Abuja, said he would not talk on the fate of his predecessor, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN), who arrived Nigeria from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and was immediately arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and did not name the affected former governors been investigated
He appealed to journalists to support in the fight against corruption,saying “the failure to address corruption inhibits sustainable long growth which undermines national development” this regime’s fight against corruption “is total, comprehensive and dispassionate devoid of any political or ethnic sentiments or inclination.”
According to him, the EFCC from 2015 to September 2019 convicted 1, 636 persons involved in corruption related offences.
He added, “It might interest you to note that former state governors and even serving senators are not spared, just like in the conviction of former governors Orji Kalu of Abia State, Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State, who are currently serving jail terms for corruption.
“Currently, high profile personalities including judicial officers and former governors indicted for corruption have been prosecuted and many sentenced to jail.
“We have three former governors convicted and serving various jail terms for corruption related crimes while in office. Equally, 22 ex-governors are either under probe or on trial.”
He also said President Muhammadu Buhari had also created a central database for recovered stolen assets under the control of his office.