The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami on Thursday said that about 22 former governors are either being probed by the Federal Government or already standing trial in various courts.
According to the AGF, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption is a total war which spares no individual no matter how highly placed such person might be.
The Minister made reference to the conviction of Orji Kalu of Abia State, Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State, all former governors who are currently serving jail terms for corrupt practices.
He also stated that the Federal Government, through its anti-graft agencies, has been able to successfully convict 1,636 persons for various degree of corruption in the last four years.
Malami insisted that the vice must be fought to a standstill, saying failure to address it “inhibits sustainable long growth which undermines national development”.
“Our fight against corruption is total, comprehensive and dispassionate, devoid of any political or any sentiment or inclination.
“One of the multiple institutions involved in the fight against corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was able to from 2015 to September 2019 convict 1,636 persons involved in corruption-related offences.”
“It might interest you to note that former state governors and even serving senators are not spared.
“Currently, high-profile personalities including judicial officers and former governors indicated for corruption have been prosecuted and 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 trial,” he said.