EFCC Storms Ex-Gov Saminu Turaki’s Home Over Alleged N36b Fraud

imageFollowing a warrant of arrest, some operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) last night stormed the Abuja home of a former Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki.

Turaki is wanted in connection with alleged N36billion fraud while he was in office.

The sum included about N12billion allegedly spent on the botched third term bid of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

His trial has been lingering in the last nine years due to one application or the other at the court.

According to investigation, the EFCC operatives invaded the residence of the former senator at the 16 Dennis Osadebe Street, Aso Villa at about 7pm to effect his arrest.

A reliable source in EFCC confirmed the raid but said the “team missed the former governor as only a few members of the family were found in the house.

“The operatives went to the house in a bid to execute a warrant for the arrest of the former governor who had neglected to present himself for trial since 2011 when he was rearrainged on ac36-count charge at the Federal High Court Dutse, Jigawa State.

“The Commission has long been on the trail of the former senator and even had him watch-listed, but he has continued to evade arrest”.

It will be recalled that a Federal High Court in Dutse, the Jigawa capital had issued a warrant directing the Inspector-General of Police or his officers and the EFCC to arrest Saminu Turaki and bring him before the court.

Justice S. Yahuza gave the order after Turaki failed to appear before the court.

The EFCC had previously declared him wanted.

The Commission is prosecuting the former governor for a N36billion theft and money laundering crime he allegedly committed when he was governor.

Some of the charges read to the accused person by the court under Presiding Justice Shehu Yahaya, include N12 billion withdrawn from the state government treasury for financing former president Obasanjo’s third term mission.

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