N36 Fraud Allegation: Ex-Jigawa State Governor, Turaki Declared Wanted By EFCC

SaminuFormer Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after a Federal High Court in Dutse the Jigawa State capital ordered his arrest over a N36 billion fraud allegation.

A statement by the EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren yesterday, said, “Justice S. Yahuza of the Federal High Court, Dutse has issued a warrant directing the Inspector General of Police or his officers and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to arrest Saminu Turaki, former Governor of Jigawa State and bring him before the court.

“You  are  hereby commanded to arrest the said Ibrahim Saminu  Turaki  and bring him before me at Federal High Court, Dutse,  Jigawa  State without delay,” the court was quoted by EFCC as saying.

“Sequel to the court order for his arrest, the EFCC has declared Turaki wanted for his failure to attend his trial in the N36 billion case of theft and money laundering instituted against him by the Commission.” Uwujaren said.

“Turaki was first arraigned by the EFCC before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in 2007 on a 32-count charge of misappropriating N36 billion while he was governor.

“The case was later transferred to Federal High Court, Dutse after he challenged the jurisdiction ofthe FCT Court. He was subsequently re-arraigned on a 32-count charge at the Federal High Court Dutse, Jigawa State.

“His last known address was No. 16, Dennis Osadebe Street, Asokoro Villa, Abuja.

“The Commission implores anyone having useful information about the whereabouts of the suspects to notify its offices in Kano, Gombe, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos or report at the nearest police station,” the statement read.



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