Three former Governors were arrested on Thursday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The arrested former state chief executives are Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State and Aliyu Akwe Doma of Nassarawa State. The three were arrested on allegations that they fleeced their respective states of funds totalling N 101 billion. While Daniel is accused of mismanaging N 58 billion, Doma has N 18 billion to account for while Alao-Akala has been accused of embezzling N 25 billion.
Street Journal gathered that Otunba Gbenga Daniel reported at the Ikoyi office of the EFCC knowing that he was wanted by the commission. Investigations revealed that operatives of the anti-graft commission had stormed his Sagamu home to apprehend him on Wednesday but missed him just by chance.
Oyo State’s former Governor, Otunba Alao-Akala was however picked up in his Bodija home in Ibadan after which he was flown to Abuja.
Heavy police presence was noticed in Ibadan, apparently in anticipation that the former Governor’s supporters might foment trouble when news of his arrest spreads across the city.
Street Journal also gathered that the former Governors were interrogated and later released on self recognition.
Many Nigerians have however opined that the arrests might not yield much, judging by the track records of the EFCC in pursuing such cases. The EFCC’s handling of the Ibori and Igbinedion cases has been adopted by many as the yardstick for measuring the agency’s effectiveness.