March 29, 2020
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Alleged N11billin fraud: Alao Akala might be in trouble as EFCC plans to re-visit case

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has planned to revisit the cases against 11 other former governors, including former Oyo governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala.

This is coming following the conclusion of the fraud case against Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, who was Abia State governor between 1999 and 2007. Mr Kalu was last week found guilty of N7.6 billion fraud and jailed for 12 years.

According to The Nation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) held a meeting of its prosecutors and detectives to review ongoing cases against former governors.

“The meeting bordered on how to accelerate the trial of the ex-governors, especially those who have forfeited choice assets to the commission.

“The session focused on removing legal bottlenecks and a termination of frivolous applications brought up to frustrate trial,” the medium said.

Citing EFCC document, The Nation reports that some of those on the list are Senator Chimaroke Nanamani (Enugu); Peter Odili (Rivers); Saminu Turaki(Jigawa); Ayo Fayose (Ekiti); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); Ikedi Ohakim (Imo); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Martins Elechi (Ebonyi); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo);  and Murtala Nyako.

In May 2018, the EFCC re-arraigned former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, and two others in an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan over alleged N11.5bn fraud.

The other defendants are former Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Senator Hosea Agboola; and an Ibadan-based businessman, Femi Babalola. The case is still on.

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